ze·​na·​na | \ zə-ˈnä-nə How to pronounce zenana (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web The latter were sequestered from view and segregated in living quarters known as the zenana. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 This made the zenana, or women’s quarters, an influential center of tastemakers and consumers. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Peacock in the Desert’ Review: Courting Opulence in Northwest India," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of zenana

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zenana

Hindi & Urdu zanāna, from Persian, from zan woman

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The first known use of zenana was in 1760

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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