durbar

durbar

[dur-bahr]
noun (in India)
1.
the court of a native ruler.
2.
a public audience or levee held by a native prince or by a British governor or viceroy; an official reception.
3.
the hall or place of audience.
4.
the audience itself.

Origin:
1600–10; alteration of Urdu darbār court < Persian, equivalent to dar door + bār entry

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durbar (ˈdɜːbɑː, ˌdɜːˈbɑː)
 
n
a.  (formerly) the court of a native ruler or a governor in India and British Colonial West Africa
 b.  a levee at such a court
 
[C17: from Hindi darbār court, from Persian, from dar door + bār entry, audience]

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durbar

in India, a court or audience chamber, and also any formal assembly of notables called together by a governmental authority. In British India the name was specially attached to formal imperial assemblies called together to mark state occasions.

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