- ( UK ) IPA: /baʊəɹ/, X-SAMPA: /baU@r/
- Rhymes: -aʊər
- A woman's bedroom or private apartments, especially in a medieval castle .
- ( literary ) A dwelling; a picturesque country cottage, especially one that is used as a retreat .
- A shady, leafy shelter or recess in a garden or woods .
- ( ornithology ) A large structure made of grass and bright objects, used by the bower bird during courtship displays .
From Old English būr, from Proto-Germanic *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer ( “birdcage” ), Old Norse búr ( Danish bur, Swedish bur ( “cage” ) ) .
bower ( plural: bowers )
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 .
From German Bauer .
Explanation of bower by Wordnet Dictionary