bride-price
noun Date: 1876 a payment given by or in behalf of a prospective husband to the bride's family in many cultures

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  • bride-price — bride price, bride wealth The money or goods given by the kin of the groom to the kin of the bride on marriage. Although it is sometimes seen as compensatory payment to the natal family for the upbringing of the daughter, it varies in form and… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • bride price — bride′ price or bride′ price n. ant (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 (brīd′welth ). Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • bride price — n. in some cultures, money and property given to a prospective bride s family by the prospective groom and his family: also bride price n. or bridewealth [brīd′welth΄] …   English World dictionary

  • Bride price — Relationships Types …   Wikipedia

  • bride price — noun money or property given (in some societies) by the bridegroom to the family of his bride • Hypernyms: ↑gift * * * (in some nonindustrial societies) the money or goods given to the family of a bride by the bridegroom or his family. Also,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • bride price — noun A sum of money or other valuables paid by a bridegroom or on his behalf to the family of the bride, in some cultures. It is well known in Artas as in other villages exactly what the bride price should customarily be so much for a cousin… …   Wiktionary

  • bride price — (in some nonindustrial societies) the money or goods given to the family of a bride by the bridegroom or his family. Also, bride price. Also called bridewealth /bruyd welth /. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • bride price — /ˈbraɪd praɪs/ (say bruyd pruys) noun Anthropology property or money presented by a bridegroom to his bride s relatives in recognition of the marriage. Also, bride wealth …   Australian English dictionary

  • bride price — sum of money or goods given by the groom to the bride s parents …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bride price — noun (in tribal societies) a payment made to a bride s family by that of the groom …   English new terms dictionary

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