Meaning of “purdah” in the English Dictionary


"purdah" in English

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purdahnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpɜː.də/ us /ˈpɝː.də/

the custom, found in some Muslim and Hindu cultures, of keeping women from being seen by men they are not related to, by having them live in a separate part of the house or behind a curtain, and having them wear clothing that covers the whole body, including the face :

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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)