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purdah

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noun pur·dah \ˈpər-də\

Simple Definition of purdah

  • : a custom among Muslims and some Hindus in which women stay separate from men or keep their faces and bodies covered when they are near men

Full Definition of purdah

  1. 1 :  seclusion of women from public observation among Muslims and some Hindus especially in India

  2. 2 :  a state of seclusion or concealment

Origin of purdah

Hindi & Urdu parda, literally, screen, veil


First Known Use: 1865



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