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 : seclusion of women from public observation among Muslims and some Hindus especially in India
2 : a state of seclusion or concealment
Origin of purdah
Hindi & Urdu parda, literally, screen, veil
First Known Use: 1865
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