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or chad·ar, chad·dar, chud·dar

  1. the traditional garment of Muslim and Hindu women, consisting of a long, usually black or drab-colored cloth or veil that envelops the body from head to foot and covers all or part of the face.
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Origin of chador

1605–15; < Hindi < Persian chaddar, chādur veil, sheet
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Examples from the Web for chadar

Historical Examples

  • The women, many of whom are very handsome, are unveiled, and do not even wear the chadar.

    Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan, Volume II (of 2)

    Isabella L. Bird

British Dictionary definitions for chadar


  1. a variant spelling of chuddar
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Word Origin and History for chadar



"cloth worn as a shawl by Muslim women," from Persian chadar "tent, mantle, scarf, veil, sheet, table-cloth."

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