Definition of purdah noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɜːdə//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrdə//
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the system in some Muslim societies by which women live in a separate part of a house or cover their faces so that men do not see them to be in purdah He kept his daughters in virtual purdah. Word Originearly 19th cent.: from Urdu and Persian parda ‘veil, curtain’.
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