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Definition of bride price in English:

noun

A sum of money or quantity of goods given to a bride’s family by that of the groom in some tribal societies: the larger bride price given for a virgin [mass noun]: payments of bride price from the husband’s kin
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  • When a man chooses a potential wife, he negotiates a bride price of money or cattle with the woman's father.
  • If a husband has been unfaithful, he has to pay her family with a gift that equals the original bride price.
  • A bride price is paid by the groom's family.

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