- Claude Ger·nade [zher-nahd] /ʒərˈnɑd/, 1878–1958, U.S. diplomat and historian.
- a leafy shelter or recess; arbor.
- a rustic dwelling; cottage.
- a lady’s boudoir in a medieval castle.
verb (used with object)
- to enclose in or as in a bower; .
- an anchor carried at a ship’s .
- a person or thing that bows or bends.
- a musician, as a violinist, who performs with a on a stringed instrument.
- a shady leafy shelter or recess, as in a wood or garden; arbour
- literary a lady’s bedroom or apartments, esp in a medieval castle; boudoir
- literary a country cottage, esp one regarded as charming or picturesque
- nautical a vessel’s bow anchor
- a jack in euchre and similar card games
Old English bur “room, hut, dwelling, chamber,” from Proto-Germanic *buraz (cf. Old Norse bur “chamber,” Swedish bur “cage,” Old High German bur “dwelling, chamber,” German Bauer “birdcage”), from *bu- “to dwell,” from PIE root *bheue- “to be, exist, dwell” (see ). Modern spelling developed after mid-14c. Sense of “leafy arbor” (place closed in by trees) is first attested 1520s. Hence, too, Australia’s bower-bird (1847).