• synonyms

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.

Nearby words

bridal, bridal wreath, bridally, bridalveil, bride, bride price, bride, saint, bridegroom, bridesmaid, bridewell, bridey

Origin of bride price

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called bride·wealth [brahyd-welth] /ˈbraɪdˌwɛlθ/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bridewealth

bride price

bride wealth


(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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