Meaning of dowry

dow•ry

Pronunciation: (dou'rē), [key]
— pl. -ries.
  1. the money, goods, or estate that a wife brings to her husband at marriage.
  2. a widow's dower.
  3. a natural gift, endowment, talent, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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