jus primae noctis

noun
jus pri·​mae noc·​tis | \ -ˌprī(ˌ)mēˈnäktə̇s \

Definition of jus primae noctis

2 : a right consummating a marriage granted to someone other than the bridegroom by the law or custom of some cultures

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History and Etymology for jus primae noctis

Latin, right of first night

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“Jus primae noctis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jus%20primae%20noctis. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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