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Meaning of bower by Wiktionary Dictionary

bower


    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /baʊəɹ/, X-SAMPA: /baU@r/
      Rhymes: -aʊər

    Etymology 1

    From Old English būr, from Proto-Germanic *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer ( “birdcage” ), Old Norse búr ( Danish bur, Swedish bur ( “cage” ) ) .

    Noun

    bower ( plural: bowers )

    1. A woman's bedroom or private apartments, especially in a medieval castle .
    2. ( literary ) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat .
    3. A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods .
    4. ( ornithology ) A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English boueer, from Old English būr, ġebūr ( “freeholder of the lowest class, peasant, farmer” ) and Middle Dutch bouwer ( “farmer, builder, peasant” ); both from Proto-Germanic *būraz ( “dweller” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰōw- ( “to dwell” ). Cognate with German Bauer ( “peasant, builder” ) and Albanian burrë ( “man, husband” ). See boor .

    Noun

    bower ( plural: bowers )

    1. A peasant; a farmer .

    Etymology 3

    From German Bauer .

    Noun

    bower ( plural: bowers )

    1. Either of the two highest trumps in euchre .

    Etymology 4

    From the bow of a ship

    Noun

    bower ( plural: bowers )

    1. ( nautical ) A type of ship's anchor, carried at the bow .


Explanation of bower by Wordnet Dictionary

bower


    Verb
    1. enclose in a bower

    Noun
    1. a framework that supports climbing plants