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bride price

or bride-price

(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)
Origin of bride price
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bride price
Historical Examples
  • A similar reduction is made in the jholla tonka, or bride price.

  • 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.


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


    William Graham Sumner
  • 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
  • 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

(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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