(in some nonindustrial societies) the money or goods given to the family of a bride by the bridegroom or his family.
- Also called bride·wealth [brahyd-welth]. /ˈbraɪdˌwɛlθ/.
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How to use bride price in a sentence
The rule in both Iliad and Odyssey is that the wooer gives a bride-price to the father of the bride, ethna.Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
In that song the injured husband, Hephaestus, claims back the bride-price which he had paid to the father of his wife, Zeus.Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
The bride-price varied much, according to the position of the parties, but was in excess of that paid for a slave.
In Homer girls are proud to be bought and to bring to their fathers a bride price of many cows.Folkways | William Graham Sumner
Inside the we-group the first need for money is for fees, fines, amercements, and bride price.Folkways | William Graham Sumner
British Dictionary definitions for 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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