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[dur-bahr] /ˈdɜr bɑr/
noun, (in India)
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • On the 20th of January Mr. Hildebrand held a durbar, which all the chiefs, and a very great number of the smaller folk, attended.

    The Pacification of Burma Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • The durbar was continued day by day until every point had been discussed.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • He had introduced me to Cheetoo, and now, as he accompanied me from the durbar, he gave me instructions how I was to proceed.

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
  • 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)
  • Why was she asked to join the Viceregal party for the durbar?

    The Roll-Call Arnold Bennett
  • The durbar was one of the most striking and picturesque sights I have seen.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • We shall be at Torwh till to-morrow evening, and the next day there will be a durbar in the gilded palace.

    A Noble Queen (Volume I of 3) Philip Meadows Taylor
  • But a race also is a pw, and so, singularly enough, is an examination or a durbar.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • Order by the durbar, that the minister hasten to get the lands tilled, as the season was passing away.

British Dictionary definitions for durbar


/ˈdɜːbɑː; ˌdɜːˈbɑː/
  1. (formerly) the court of a native ruler or a governor in India and British Colonial West Africa
  2. a levee at such a court
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi darbār court, from Persian, from dar door + bār entry, audience
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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