purdah

noun pur·dah \ ˈpər-də \

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

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Origin and Etymology of purdah

Hindi & Urdu parda, literally, screen, veil



PURDAH Defined for English Language Learners

purdah

noun

Definition of purdah for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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