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dow·ry  (dour)
n. pl. dow·ries
1. Money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage. Also called dower.
2. A sum of money required of a postulant at a convent.
3. A natural endowment or gift; a talent.
4. Archaic See dower.

[Middle English douerie, from Anglo-Norman douarie, from Medieval Latin dtrium, drium, dria, dower; see dower.]

dowry  /dari/  n. -ries in some cultures, money or other valuables brought to a marriage by a woman: The brides father could provide only a small dowry. Dowry

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