from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun 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.
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- noun A sum of
moneyor other valuablespaid by a bridegroomor on his behalf to the family of the bride, in some cultures.
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- noun money or property given (in some societies) by the bridegroom to the family of his bride
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