or lo·bo·la


noun, plural lo·bo·los.

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

Historical Examples of lobola

  • For I intend to lobola for all three of you, as well as for her.

    The King's Assegai

    Bertram Mitford

  • I will lobola for Nangeza, and soon I shall be an induna, and she shall be my “great wife.”

    The King's Assegai

    Bertram Mitford

  • It will be great to obtain wives we have paid no lobola for.

    Forging the Blades

    Bertram Mitford

  • 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.

    The King's Assegai

    Bertram Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for lobola




(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

Word Origin for lobola

from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price
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