noun (in India)
the part of the house in which the women and girls of a family are secluded.
its occupants collectively.
Origin of zenana
1755–65; < Hindi < Persian zanāna, female, pertaining to women, adj. derivative of zan woman; cognate with Sanskrit jani woman, wife, Greek gynḗ, OCS žena, Old English cwēn woman, wife; see queen
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Historical Examples of zanana
Thence to a pavilion set apart for the use of the ladies of Sindhia's zanana.Lachmi Bai Rani of Jhansi
(in the East, esp in Muslim and Hindu homes) part of a house reserved for the women and girls of a household
Word Origin for zenana
C18: from Hindi zanāna, from Persian, from zan woman
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