[ dur-bahr ]
/ ˈdɜr bɑr /

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.

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

/ (ˈdɜːbɑː, ˌdɜːˈbɑː) /


  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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