(in British India) any of the districts into which a province was divided for administrative purposes.

Origin of zillah

1790–1800; < Hindi zila < Persian ẓilaʿ < Arabic ḍilʿ part




one of the two wives of Lamech. Gen. 4:19.
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Historical Examples of zillah

  • Zillah was a sick woman—too sick to be anything but civil to Josephine.

  • The ringlets of Zillah were black; those of Eva were golden.


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • We shall have to feed them every hour,” said Roger, “Zillah says so.

    Our Frank

    Amy Walton

  • When he turned towards the spot where Zillah had stood—she was gone!

    The Buccaneer

    Mrs. S. C. Hall

  • He admitted Zillah to a knowledge of this cave, as a place in which she might shelter.

    The Buccaneer

    Mrs. S. C. Hall