- the court of a native ruler.
- a public audience or levee held by a native prince or by a British governor or viceroy; an official reception.
- the hall or place of audience.
- the audience itself.
Origin of durbar
1600–10; alteration of Urdu darbār court < Persian, equivalent to dar door + bār entry
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Examples from the Web for durbar
In 1979 the Durbar Square of each city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Nepal Old and New: Kathmandu Valley’s Royal Cities Get a Facelift
Condé Nast Traveler
August 19, 2013
The durbar was continued day by day until every point had been discussed.The Philippine Islands
At length the Nabob dismissed us, and we retired from the durbar.Athelstane Ford
If I had it I would have a durbar every day, instead of once or twice a year.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
A state elephant at a Durbar gives one a very similar impression.Reginald
The Durbar was one of the most striking and picturesque sights I have seen.At the Court of the Amr
John Alfred Gray
- (formerly) the court of a native ruler or a governor in India and British Colonial West Africa
- a levee at such a court
C17: from Hindi darbār court, from Persian, from dar door + bār entry, audience
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