lobola

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Xhosa lobola, Zulu lobola (pay dowry).

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Noun[edit]

lobola (countable and uncountable, plural lobolas)

  1. (South Africa) The dowry paid to a bride's family to secure a wedding among certain Bantu peoples of South Africa.
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 38:
      All the money he'd brought with him had gone into lobola – the dowry for a wife […].
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 213:
      My sister Baliwe, who was older than Mabel, had been engaged to be married, and lobola had already been paid.

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Verb[edit]

-lobola

  1. (intransitive) to pay dowry

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