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purdah

noun [U] uk   /ˈpɜː.də/ us    /ˈpɝː-/
(the condition of following) the custom, found in some Muslim and Hindu cultures, of women not allowing their faces to be seen by men they are not related to, either by staying in a special part of the house or by wearing a covering over their faces: The women in the village live in (strict) purdah. In this region women seldom venture out of purdah. the state of not seeing or speaking to anyone: Jeff has gone into purdah while he's preparing for his exams.
(Definition of purdah from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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