Wednesday, October 18, 2000
purdah noun [PUR-duh] A curtain, screen, or veil shielding women from the sight of men or strangers in Hindu and Muslim communities.
Definitions for purdah
- A curtain, screen, or veil shielding women from the sight of men or strangers in Hindu and Muslim communities.
- A striped cotton cloth from which a curtain is made, often blue and white.
- The system of secluding Hindu or Muslim women.
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Citations for purdah
Like many girls in northern India she had been raised in purdah, tutored in the seclusion of the women's quarters by a succession of women, including a Scottish governess.
The big evolution is that when trousers are low cut, shirts and, rather curiously, jackets are tucked into them. The belly button has finally gone into purdah, so it wasn't all bad news last week.