noun (in India)
  1. the court of a native ruler.
  2. a public audience or levee held by a native prince or by a British governor or viceroy; an official reception.
  3. the hall or place of audience.
  4. the audience itself.

Origin of durbar

1600–10; alteration of Urdu darbār court < Persian, equivalent to dar door + bār entry
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Historical Examples of durbar

  • The durbar was continued day by day until every point had been discussed.

  • At length the Nabob dismissed us, and we retired from the durbar.

    Athelstane Ford

    Allen Upward

  • 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)

  • A state elephant at a Durbar gives one a very similar impression.

  • The Durbar was one of the most striking and picturesque sights I have seen.

    At the Court of the Amr

    John Alfred Gray

British Dictionary definitions for durbar


    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 for durbar

C17: from Hindi darbār court, from Persian, from dar door + bār entry, audience
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