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  1. Southern African informal a present or gratuityAlso called: bansela, pasela (pəˈsɛlə)
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Word Origin for bonsela

from Zulu Ibanselo a gift
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Historical Examples of bonsela

  • These were paid for without haggling, Verna throwing in a length of roll tobacco by way of a bonsela, or gift to seal the bargain.

    Forging the Blades

    Bertram Mitford