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Word Example of - dowry

    Example Sentences for dowry

    On the following day, the presentation of the dowry (sireduththal) takes place.

    In cases of separation the dowry had, in most cases, to be returned to the wife's parents.

    I will give her as dowry the 500,000 francs which I refused the other day to you.

    I swear it beyond the power of retracting, and also that her dowry shall be royal!

    His mother then would doubtless find him a suitable wife with a dowry.

    A hundred thousand crowns at that period was the dowry of a king's daughter.

    Your father, too, may find a dowry accompanying the title, in the shape of a high and honourable post for yourself.

    He did not know at all how much he had, what his debts amounted to, or what dowry he could give Vera.

    Then he began to doubt, to ponder, to inquire; he spoke of dowry, of security for the future for his beloved child.

    You, who are her relative, know I married her without a dowry.

Word Origin & History of - dowry

    Word Origin & History

    dowry early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. dowarie, from O.Fr. douaire, from M.L. dotarium, from L. dos (gen. dotis) "marriage portion," from PIE *do-ti (cf. Skt. dadati, Gk. didonai, O.C.S. dati, Lith. duoti, Arm. tam, all meaning "to give"), from base *do- "to give." Related to L. donum "a giving, gift;" dare "to give" (see date (1)).

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