- (in the East Indies) a seat or platform for one or more persons, commonly with a railing and a canopy, placed on the back of an elephant.
Origin of howdah
Examples from the Web for howdah
Historical Examples of howdah
He enters the howdah—the elephant rises—the procession starts.For Love of the King
One of the great pleasures or curiosities was a ride on his back in a howdah.A Little Girl of Long Ago
Amanda Millie Douglas
Do you think the first tiger I see will get into my howdah and maul me?Gil the Gunner
George Manville Fenn
He had no howdah, as that is not necessary, except for ladies.A Popular Account of the Manners and Customs of India
I was not in a howdah, but on a pad; and the tiger struck one of its forepaws on my knee.The Lost Heir
G. A. Henty
- a seat for riding on an elephant's back, esp one with a canopy
Word Origin for howdah
1774, from Persian and Urdu haudah, from Arabic haudaj "litter carried by a camel" (or elephant).