bride price

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bride price

A payment in the form of money, property, or other valuable asset that is made by or on behalf of a prospective husband to the bride's family in certain cultures or societies. Also called bride wealth.

bride price


bride wealth

(Anthropology & Ethnology) (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

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.
Also called bride•wealth (brīd′welth`).
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Noun1.bride price - money or property given (in some societies) by the bridegroom to the family of his bride
gift - something acquired without compensation
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AU800) (2) and declared a ban on using cash in bride price payments.
Originally the husband paid a bride price to the wife's father, but eventually a dowry system developed, with payments from the wife's family to the husband's family.
There also have been reports that they were forced to marry fighters who paid a nominal bride price equivalent to $12.
Throwing expensive parties on occasions of childbirths and memorial functions and giving thousands of dollars as bride price are waste of money.
Under the match-making program, the state government pays the traditional bride price, provides brides with furniture and seed money to start a small business.
Some attendee, during the hearing, strongly advocated for the abolition of bride price payment and requested the country's national assembly to pass a law forbidding the practice.
In Vedic times, the custom of bride price was known, but not held in esteem it was condemned vehemently by the leaders of society.
Traditional marriage ceremonies occurred only after both families agreed to the marriage, and bride price solidified the marriage and new relationship between families.
Wei estimates that he spent a year's salary on his wife's bride price, which also included pieces of gold jewelry.
Melines' bride price had been paid when she was just three years of age.