dowry dowry  /ˈdaʊ ri/


  • (n) money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage



  1. Reluctance to abolish the dowry is more than a matter of male chauvinist greed.
  2. The dowry system, which crosses all caste lines, is now a major target of government reform.
  3. She brought her husband a natural dowry of dark hair and eyes, Gallic chic.


  1. Manhattan nups cost an average of $76,000

    There’s no more expensive stroll in America than a walk down the aisle in Manhattan. A Manhattan wedding in 2012 cost the average couple a dowry-busting $76,687, by far the most expensive of any geographic area in the United States, according to nuptials-planning Web sites and...
    on August 9, 2013     Source: New York Post

  2. Edison International Acquires SoCore

    Distributed solar developer brings a dowry of a who's who customer list and and extensive pipeline of projects        
    on August 6, 2013     Source: The Motley Fool

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  1. "In short, the Treasury Department had provided a $20 billion dowry for a shotgun wedding," said Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns, New York Democrat. "But the question may be, who was holding the shotgun?"
    on Jun 11, 2009 By: Ed Towns Source: Washington Times

  2. "The data available with the NCW indicates an increase in the number of complaints received on dowry, rape and harassment against women," Chowdhury said.
    on Dec 12, 2008 By: Renuka Chowdhury Source: (blog)

  3. "Hanadi did not know at the time, but when her father agreed for her to spend a month with the Saudi tourist, he was paid a large sum of money in return in the form of a dowry, which she never had a share in," said Yasser Sobhi al-Okeili, who...
    on Nov 16, 2006 By: Yasser Arafat Source:

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