purda

purdah

[pur-duh]
noun (in India, Pakistan, etc.)
1.
the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus.
2.
a screen, curtain, or veil used for this purpose.
Also, purda, pardah.


Origin:
1790–1800; < Hindi, Urdu pardah curtain < Persian

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purdah or purda (ˈpɜːdə)
 
n
1.  the custom in some Muslim and Hindu communities of keeping women in seclusion, with clothing that conceals them completely when they go out
2.  a screen in a Hindu house used to keep the women out of view
3.  a veil worn by Hindu women of high caste
4.  informal hiding or isolation: the Treasury is currently locked in pre-budget purdah
 
[C19: from Hindi parda veil, from Persian pardah]
 
purda or purda
 
n
 
[C19: from Hindi parda veil, from Persian pardah]

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