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purdah

or pur·da, par·dah

[pur-duh]
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noun (in India, Pakistan, etc.)
  1. the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus.
  2. a screen, curtain, or veil used for this purpose.

Origin of purdah

1790–1800; < Hindi, Urdu pardah curtain < Persian
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purdah

purda

noun
  1. the custom in some Muslim and Hindu communities of keeping women in seclusion, with clothing that conceals them completely when they go out
  2. a screen in a Hindu house used to keep the women out of view
  3. a veil worn by Hindu women of high caste
  4. informal hiding or isolationthe Treasury is currently locked in pre-budget purdah

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi parda veil, from Persian pardah
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Word Origin and History for purda

purdah

n.

1800, from Urdu and Persian pardah "veil, curtain," from Old Persian pari "around, over" (from PIE *per- (1); see per-) + da- "to place", from PIE *dhe- "to set, put" (see factitious).

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