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bride price

or bride-price

noun
1.
(in some nonindustrial societies) the money or goods given to the family of a bride by the bridegroom or his family.
Also called bridewealth
[brahyd-welth] /ˈbraɪdˌwɛlθ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of bride price
1875-1880
1875-80
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Historical Examples
  • The amount of the "bride price" might, however, be refunded to the young couple to give them a start in life.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
  • A similar reduction is made in the jholla tonka, or bride price.

  • Inside the we-group the first need for money is for fees, fines, amercements, and bride price.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • After this she can also marry a man in the usual way and he also pays the bride price.

    Folklore of the Santal Parganas Cecil Henry Bompas
  • If he pays later on the bride price of twelve rupees, the marriage ceremonies take place, and the issue becomes legitimate.

  • Are you going to court that woman, when a partial payment of the bride price has already been given?

  • In Homer girls are proud to be bought and to bring to their fathers a bride price of many cows.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • With this wealth geus paid the bride price, as it was called, for thra, and they were married.

British Dictionary definitions for bride price

bride price

noun
1.
(in some societies) money, property, or services given by a bridegroom to the kinsmen of his bride in order to establish his rights over the woman
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