bonsela

/ (bɒnˈsɛlə) /

noun

Southern African informal a present or gratuityAlso called: bansela, pasela (pəˈsɛlə)

Nearby words

  1. bonnyclabber,
  2. bonobo,
  3. bononcini,
  4. bonporti,
  5. bonsai,
  6. bonsoir,
  7. bonspiel,
  8. bontebok,
  9. bontebuck,
  10. bontempelli

Word Origin for bonsela

from Zulu Ibanselo a gift

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Examples from the Web for 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