Word of the day

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bower (noun) – 1. A shaded, leafy recess; an arbour.
2. A woman’s private chamber in a medieval castle; a boudoir.
3. A rustic cottage; a country retreat.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Bower derives from Old English b?r, meaning “dwelling,”and was originally used of attractive homes or retreats, especially rustic cottages. In the Middle Ages, bower came to refer to a lady’s personal hideaway within a medieval castle or hall?that is, her private apartment. The more familiar “arbour” sense combines the pastoral beauty of a rustic retreat with the privacy of a personal apartment. Although its tranquil modern meaning belies it, bower is distantly related to the far more roughshod bowery, which has historically been used as the name of a sleazy district in New York City. The Bowery got its name from a Dutch term for a dwelling or farm that shares a common ancestor with the terms that gave rise to “bower.”