|—n , pl -ries|
|1.||the money or property brought by a woman to her husband at marriage|
|2.||(esp formerly) a gift made by a man to his bride or her parents|
|3.||Christianity a sum of money required on entering certain orders of nuns|
|4.||a natural talent or gift|
|5.||obsolete a widow's dower|
|[C14: from Anglo-French douarie, from Medieval Latin dōtārium; see |
Money, property, or material goods that a bride's family gives to the bridegroom or his family at the time of the wedding. In many cultures, the dowry not only helps to cement the relationship between the bride's and groom's families but also serves to reinforce traditional family roles and gender roles.
(mohar; i.e., price paid for a wife, Gen. 34:12; Ex. 22:17; 1 Sam. 18:25), a nuptial present; some gift, as a sum of money, which the bridegroom offers to the father of his bride as a satisfaction before he can receive her. Jacob had no dowry to give for his wife, but he gave his services (Gen. 29:18; 30:20; 34:12).