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purdahnoun [U]

uk   /ˈpɜː.də/  us   /ˈpɝː-/
the ​custom, ​found in some ​Muslim and ​Hinducultures, of ​keeping women from being ​seen by men they are not ​related to, by having them ​live in a ​separatepart of the ​house or behind a ​curtain, and having them ​wearclothing that ​covers the ​wholebody, ​including the ​face : The women in the ​villagelive in (​strict) purdah. In this ​region women ​seldomventure out of purdah. the ​state of not ​seeing or ​speaking to anyone: Jeff has gone into purdah while he's ​preparing for his ​exams.
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