Definition of kula in English:

kula

noun

  • [mass noun] (in some Pacific communities) an inter-island system of ceremonial gift exchange as a prelude to or at the same time as regular trading.

    • ‘Kula provides a useful illustration of the important role played by social ceremonies in sustaining both economic, social, and political relations.’
    • ‘Malinowski found that kula cements social bonds between island groups, and according to anthropologist Richard Harper this makes it an ideal basis for new ways to make technology useful.’

Origin

Melanesian.

Pronunciation

kula

/ˈkuːlə/