- the part of the house in which the women and girls of a family are secluded.
- its occupants collectively.
Origin of zenana
1755–65; < Hindi < Persian zanāna, female, pertaining to women, adj. derivative of zan woman; cognate with Sanskrit jani woman, wife, Greek gynḗ, OCS žena, Old English cwēn woman, wife; see queen
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Examples from the Web for zenana
“Now I will tell you something of zenana visiting,” she said.
But in visiting a zenana I only saw the inhabitants of that one house.
She offered her hand tremblingly, and led Gascoigne into the zenana.Mr. Midshipman Easy
Captain Frederick Marryat
Other interesting conveyances are those in which the zenana ladies travel.How the World Travels
A. A. Methley
Everybody is asleep; there is no woman here to send to him in the zenana.Tara
Philip Meadows Taylor
- (in the East, esp in Muslim and Hindu homes) part of a house reserved for the women and girls of a household
C18: from Hindi zanāna, from Persian, from zan woman
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