: a payment given by or in behalf of a prospective husband to the bride's family in many cultures

Examples of bride-price in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Charles used the money to buy a new car and pay lobola, a bride-price customary in many Southern African cultures. Kimon De Greef, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bride-price was in 1863

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“Bride-price.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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