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
Recent Examples of purdah from the Web
Governor Mark Carney will hold a press conference 30 minutes later, marking the first comments from an MPC member since the BOE went into pre-election purdah last month.
Selmayr’s Influence Selmayr has already weighed in on the election, taking to Twitter at the weekend to complain about a U.K decision to delay a routine review of the EU’s budget, citing election campaign-period rules also known as purdah.
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Origin and Etymology of purdah
Hindi & Urdu parda, literally, screen, veil
First Known Use: 1865See Words from the same year
PURDAH Defined for English Language Learners
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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