Definition of bride price in English:

bride price


  • [in singular] A sum of money or quantity of goods given to a bride's family by that of the groom, especially in tribal societies.

    [mass noun] ‘payments of bride price from the husband's kin’
    • ‘When a man chooses a potential wife, he negotiates a bride price of money or cattle with the woman's father.’
    • ‘The groom is expected to pay a bride price in the form of cash and several animals.’
    • ‘A bride price is paid by the groom's family.’
    • ‘The bride price was not a payment but compensation to the parents and the family for the ‘loss’ of a family member.’
    • ‘If a husband has been unfaithful, he has to pay her family with a gift that equals the original bride price.’
    • ‘Traditionally, the young man is expected to pay a bride price and move in with the wife's family on marriage.’