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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.
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