Bowers

Bowers

[bou-erz]
noun
Claude Gernade [zher-nahd] , 1878–1958, U.S. diplomat and historian.
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bower

1 [bou-er]
noun
1.
a leafy shelter or recess; arbor.
2.
a rustic dwelling; cottage.
3.
a lady's boudoir in a medieval castle.
verb (used with object)
4.
to enclose in or as in a bower; embower.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English bour, Old English būr chamber; cognate with Old Norse būr pantry, German Bauer birdcage; akin to neighbor

bowerlike, adjective

bower

2 [bou-er] ,
noun Nautical.
an anchor carried at a ship's bow.
Also called bower anchor.


Origin:
1645–55; bow3 + -er1

bower

3 [bou-er] ,
noun
a person or thing that bows or bends.

Origin:
1590–1600; bow1 + -er1

bower

4 [boh-er] ,
noun Music.
a musician, as a violinist, who performs with a bow on a stringed instrument.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see bow2, -er1

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bower1 (ˈbaʊə)
 
n
1.  a shady leafy shelter or recess, as in a wood or garden; arbour
2.  literary a lady's bedroom or apartments, esp in a medieval castle; boudoir
3.  literary a country cottage, esp one regarded as charming or picturesque
 
[Old English būr dwelling; related to Old Norse būr pantry, Old High German būr dwelling]
 
'bowery1
 
adj

bower2 (ˈbaʊə)
 
n
nautical a vessel's bow anchor
 
[C18: from bow³ + -er1]

bower3 (ˈbaʊə)
 
n
a jack in euchre and similar card games
 
[C19: from German Bauer peasant, jack (in cards)]

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bower
O.E. bur "room, hut, dwelling, chamber," from P.Gmc. *buraz (cf. O.N. bur "chamber," Swed. bur "cage," O.H.G. bur "dwelling, chamber," Ger. Bauer "birdcage"), from base *bu- "to dwell," from PIE base *bheue- "to be, exist, dwell" (see be). Modern spelling developed after mid-14c.
Sense of "leafy arbor" (place closed in by trees) is first attested 1520s. Hence, too, Australia's bower-bird (1847).
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