1. Claude Ger·nade [zher-nahd] /ʒərˈnɑd/, 1878–1958, U.S. diplomat and historian.


  1. a leafy shelter or recess; arbor.
  2. a rustic dwelling; cottage.
  3. a lady’s boudoir in a medieval castle.

verb (used with object)

  1. to enclose in or as in a bower; embower.

noun Nautical.

  1. an anchor carried at a ship’s bow.


  1. a person or thing that bows or bends.

noun Music.

  1. a musician, as a violinist, who performs with a bow on a stringed instrument.


  1. a shady leafy shelter or recess, as in a wood or garden; arbour
  2. literary a lady’s bedroom or apartments, esp in a medieval castle; boudoir
  3. literary a country cottage, esp one regarded as charming or picturesque


  1. nautical a vessel’s bow anchor


  1. 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 be). 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).

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