Bride price. (n.d.). In YourDictionary. Retrieved from https://www.yourdictionary.com/bride-price
A payment in the form of money, property, or other valuable asset that is made by or on behalf of a prospective husband to the bride's family in certain cultures or societies. Also called bride wealth .
This bride-price was usually handed over by her father to the bride on her marriage, and so came back into the bridegroom's possession, along with her dowry, which was her portion as a daughter.
It remained the wife's for life, descending to her children, if any; otherwise returning to her family, when the husband could deduct the bride-price if it had not been given to her, or return it, if it had.
The bride-price varied much, according to the position of the parties, but was in excess of that paid for a slave.