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or za·na·na

noun (in India)
  1. the part of the house in which the women and girls of a family are secluded.
  2. its occupants collectively.
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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

  • Thence to a pavilion set apart for the use of the ladies of Sindhia's zanana.

    Lachmi Bai Rani of Jhansi

    Michael White

British Dictionary definitions for zanana


  1. (in the East, esp in Muslim and Hindu homes) part of a house reserved for the women and girls of a household
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Word Origin

C18: from Hindi zanāna, from Persian, from zan woman
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