Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A marriage portion.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The property which a woman brings to her husband in marriage; now more commonly calied a "portion." By dowry is meant the efforts which the wife brings to the husband to support the expenses of marriage. Civll Code La. art 2337. This word expresses the proper meaning of the "dos" of the Roman, the "dot" of the French, and the "dote" of the Spanish, law, but is a very different thing from "dower," with which it has sometimes been confounded. By dowry, in the Louisiana Civil 'Code, is meant the effects which the wife brings to the husband to support the expenses of marriage. It is given to the husband, to be enjoyed by him so long as the marriage shall last, and the income of it belongs to him. He alone has the administration of it during marriage, and his wife cannot deprive him of it. The real estate settled as dowry is inalienable during marriage, unless the marriage contract contains a stipulation to the contrary. De Young v. De Young, 6 La. Ann. 786.