n. pl. dow·ries
1. Money or property brought by a bride to her husband at marriage.
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 dōtārium, dōārium, dōāria, dower; see DOWER.]
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