Money or property brought by a spouse to the other spouse's family at marriage. Most middle east countries have the wife's family give the money to the husbands. The opposite is true for other parts of the world that practice this marriage custom.
(Adult / Slang)
More rarely: dowery. Plural: dowries.
1. Possessions (money, goods, or property) that a woman brings to her husband at marriage.
2. A gift of money or property by a man to his bride.
3. A gift of nature or special talent.
4. Code word for the fee paid to a prostitute for her time. Synonym: bull money. See also: price of greens; tip.