or pur·da, par·dah
- the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus.
- a screen, curtain, or veil used for this purpose.
Origin of purdah
1790–1800; < Hindi, Urdu pardah curtain < Persian
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Examples from the Web for purda
The women do not appear at the feast but stay inside, sitting in the angan or inner court, which is behind the purda.
Another story says that the Kammas and Velamas were originally one caste, and had adopted the Muhammadan system of gosha or purda.
On drawing aside the purda, I beheld the whole establishment seated in full conclave on their haunches round the door.
- the custom in some Muslim and Hindu communities of keeping women in seclusion, with clothing that conceals them completely when they go out
- a screen in a Hindu house used to keep the women out of view
- a veil worn by Hindu women of high caste
- informal hiding or isolationthe Treasury is currently locked in pre-budget purdah
C19: from Hindi parda veil, from Persian pardah
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Word Origin and History for purda
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