1 [bou-uh-ree]
containing bowers; leafy; shady: a bowery maze.

1695–1705; bower1 + -y1 Unabridged


2 [bou-uh-ree, bou-ree]
noun, plural boweries.
(among the Dutch settlers of New York) a farm or country seat.
a street and area in New York City, historically noted for its cheap hotels and saloons and peopled by the destitute and homeless.

1640–50, Americanism; < Dutch bouwerij farm, equivalent to bouw cultivation + -erij -ery Unabridged
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bower1 (ˈbaʊə)
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]

Bowery (ˈbaʊərɪ)
the Bowery a street in New York City noted for its cheap hotels and bars, frequented by vagrants and drunks
[C17: from Dutch bouwerij, from bouwen to farm + erij-ery; see boor, Boer]

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Word Origin & History

"farm, plantation," from Du. bowerij "homestead farm" (from the same source as bower); a Du. word probably little used in America outside New York, and there soon limited to one road, The Bowery, that ran from the built-up part of the city out to the plantations in middle
Manhattan, attested from 1787; the city's growth soon overran it, and it was noted by 1840 as a commercial district notorious for squalor, rowdiness, and low life.
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Bowery definition

A section of lower Manhattan in New York City.

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