AskDefine | Define bower

Dictionary Definition

bower n : a framework that supports climbing plants; "the arbor provided a shady resting place in the park" [syn: arbor, arbour, pergola] v : enclose in a bower [syn: embower]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1

būr, from *būraz. Cognate with German Bauer ‘birdcage’, Swedish bur ‘cage’.



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

Etymology 2



  1. Either of the two highest trumps in euchre.

Etymology 3

From the bow of a ship


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

Extensive Definition

Bower may refer to:



Bower may also be:
  • An altered spelling of the German family name Bauer
  • The right bower and left bower in euchre
bower in Dutch: Kemenate
bower in German: Bower

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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