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zenana

or za·na·na

[ zuh-nah-nuh ]
/ zəˈnɑ nə /
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noun (in India)
the part of the house in which the women and girls of a family are secluded.
its occupants collectively.
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Origin of zenana

First recorded in 1755–65; from Hindi, from Persian zanāna, “female, pertaining to women,” adjective derivative of zan “woman”; cognate with Sanskrit jani “woman, wife,” Greek gynḗ, Old Church Slavonic žena,Old English cwēn “woman, wife”; see queen
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British Dictionary definitions for zenana

zenana
/ (zɛˈnɑːnə) /

noun
(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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