Definition of lobola in English:



(also lobolo)
  • 1(among southern African peoples) a bride price, especially one paid with cattle.

    ‘As per tradition, his uncles went to my hometown to pay lobola to my parents.’
    • ‘He paid lobola to my family in 2007.’
    • ‘This lobola traditionally involves cattle or other livestock, but in modern times money settlements have been accepted.’
    • ‘He is hard at work building up a sizeable lobola so he can win Lisa's heart on 14 February.’
    • ‘Five cows and 30 sheep were slaughtered during the event, which together with the bride's R60000 lobola cost the groom a total of R200000.’
    • ‘Other items worn by engaged women could include pieces that communicated her fiancé's progress with lobola.’
    • ‘Nyore has been a good man to me and he is the one who was the go between when I paid lobola.’
    • ‘The husband paid lobola before they entered into the civil marriage.’
    • ‘The lobola process has bitter-sweet results for Tbose, who still has a huge hurdle before him.’
    • ‘He had promised to pay lobola for me this year and then a wedding next year.’
    1. 1.1The practice of paying a bride price.
      ‘Nomakhuze Solwandle of the Masonwabisane Women's Support Group said her organisation supported the custom of lobola and would welcome any suggestion to curb corruption within the practice.’
      • ‘Is the old Xhosa tradition of lobola going to be forgotten, and is the head of the kraal going to be two people in future?’
      • ‘That custom lacks the quaintness of lobola and in my world, it would be called kidnapping.’
      • ‘He said discussions about lobola had not yet been finalised.’
      • ‘I don't have money or anything, because with Africans, what we do, we pay lobola, we call it lobola.’



/lōbələ/ /loʊbələ/


Zulu and Xhosa.