noun (in India)

the court of a native ruler.
a public audience or levee held by a native prince or by a British governor or viceroy; an official reception.
the hall or place of audience.
the audience itself.

Nearby words

  1. duration tetany,
  2. durative,
  3. durazzo,
  4. durban,
  5. durban poison,
  6. dure,
  7. duress,
  8. duressor,
  9. durex,
  10. durga

Origin of durbar

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

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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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