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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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