makoti, noun

Forms:
Also makothi, and with initial capital.
Plurals:
makotis, occasionally omakoti /ˌɔmaˈkɔːti/.
Origin:
ZuluShow more Zulu umakoti (plural omakoti).
Especially among speakers of a Sintu (Bantu) language:
1. A bride; a newly-wed woman.
1949 L. Hunter Afr. Dawn 187Although she missed her husband, she was never lonely..and there was no lack of friends to call on the makoti — the newly married woman.
1959 L. Longmore Dispossessed 95They sang the whole night, and had by custom to be fed by the people of makoti (the bride).
1970 M. Dikobe Marabi Dance. 40‘George, you call me a woman.’ ‘Yes I do, because you are dressed like an old auntie. Long German print dress, headgear fastened like a makoti — bride.’
1982 M. Mzamane Children of Soweto 178I’m only sad because I’m being deprived of my new makoti, barely twelve hours after I’ve inherited her.
1989 J. Khumalo in Pace Mar. 19‘Durban people have always welcomed me with love,’ says Brenda, ‘and I’m thrilled to bits to be their “Makoti” (bride).’
2. A daughter-in-law; a term used by the family of a woman’s husband to refer to her.
1963 B. Modisane Blame Me on Hist. (1986) 45When a relative died in Alexandra Township Princess accompanied her to the tebello, working in the catering; she was the ideal makothi, the African daughter-in-law.
1979 Voice 23 Sept. 5That old debate about the Mother-in-law-Makoti Syndrome...It would..be welcomed, if mothers-in-law would stop regarding their makotis as total strangers in the home.
1987 M. Poland Train to Doringbult 124Once he too stayed with Ngubane, but he had run away with the money the makoti had given him to buy her bread and sugar.
1988 J. Khumalo in Pace Nov. 83Old Ngcobo, Bheki’s father, would be horrified if his makoti sought permission to take time off from her society-decreed household chores to go and prance around the country’s stages in the company of men other than her husband.
A bride; a newly-wed woman.
A daughter-in-law; a term used by the family of a woman’s husband to refer to her.
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