- a bride price, typically of cattle, paid to a bride's father among Bantu-speaking tribes of southern Africa.
Origin of lobolo
1815–25; < Zulu (ili)lobolo, (i)lobolo (with implosive b), or a cognate Nguni word
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Examples from the Web for lobola
For I intend to lobola for all three of you, as well as for her.
I will lobola for Nangeza, and soon I shall be an induna, and she shall be my “great wife.”
It will be great to obtain wives we have paid no lobola for.Forging the Blades
As our father asks no lobola, perhaps you have taken the gift instead.Child of Storm
H. Rider Haggard
Lobola: The price in cattle paid by the intending bridegroom to the parent or guardian of a girl.
- (in southern Africa) an African custom by which a bridegroom's family makes a payment in cattle or cash to the bride's family shortly before the marriage
from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price
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