bridewealth

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bride +‎ wealth

Noun[edit]

bridewealth (plural bridewealths)

  1. Synonym of bride price
    • 2008, Jan Mrázek, Morgan Pitelka, What's the Use of Art?: Asian Visual and Material Culture in Context, →ISBN:
      Textiles on Sumba are both clothing and the currency of traditional ceremonial exchange: Many fine folded cloths must be presented at each marriage as part of a counterpayment for a bridewealth paid in horses, buffalo, and gold, and at each funeral as a sign of mourning and later also a counterpayment for animals contributed to the slaughter.