or pur·da, par·dah
- the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus.
- a screen, curtain, or veil used for this purpose.
Origin of purdah
1790–1800; < Hindi, Urdu pardah curtain < Persian
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- the custom in some Muslim and Hindu communities of keeping women in seclusion, with clothing that conceals them completely when they go out
- a screen in a Hindu house used to keep the women out of view
- a veil worn by Hindu women of high caste
- informal hiding or isolationthe Treasury is currently locked in pre-budget purdah
C19: from Hindi parda veil, from Persian pardah
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Word Origin and History for pardah
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