dur·​bar | \ ˈdər-ˌbär How to pronounce durbar (audio) , ˌdər-ˈbär \

Definition of durbar

1 : court held by an Indian prince
2 : a formal reception held by an Indian prince or an African ruler

Examples of durbar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both foreground mounted Hausa riders in ceremonial durbar dress against a backdrop of iconographic Western figures – Zeus, Europa, Napoleon. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 4 May 2021 The final ritual is the durbar, similar to a bar mitzvah, quinceañera, or dipo of the Krobo tribe of Ghana. Alexandreena Dixon, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of durbar

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for durbar

Hindi & Urdu darbār, from Persian, from dar door + bār admission, audience

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“Durbar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/durbar. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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