Definition of kula in English:

kula

noun

  • (in some Pacific communities) an interisland system of ceremonial gift exchange as a prelude to or at the same time as regular trading.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kula provides a useful illustration of the important role played by social ceremonies in sustaining both economic, social, and political relations.’

Origin

Melanesian.

Pronunciation

kula

/ˈko͞olə/