/ (lɔːˈbɔːlə, ləˈbəʊ-) /

  1. (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

Origin of lobola

from Nguni ukulobola to give the bride price

Words Nearby lobola

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How to use lobola in a sentence

  • Sons of my father, I would not pay half a calf in lobola for one white woman I have ever seen.

    Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
  • When a native sends lobola for a new wife he has a new and additional hut built for her accommodation.

    A Frontier Mystery | Bertram Mitford
  • This practice, called lobola, still prevails universally, and has caused much perplexity to the missionaries.

  • 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