from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A curtain or screen, used mainly in India to keep women separate from men or strangers.
- n. The Hindu or Muslim system of sex segregation, practiced especially by keeping women in seclusion.
- n. Social seclusion: "Never have artists been more separate: their inordinate fame, wealth, drug use have driven them into luxurious purdah” ( D. Keith Mano).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A curtain, especially as used to conceal and divide women from men and strangers in some Hindu or Muslim traditions.
- n. A striped cotton cloth which is used to make curtains.
- n. A long veil, or other all-enveloping clothing, worn by women in some Muslim societies.
- n. The state or system of social gender seclusion in some Muslim or Hindu communities.
- n. The time between the announcement and holding of an election, during which any governmental activities that may be construed as potentially benefiting or promoting a specific political party or prospective candidate are halted or suspended.
- n. The period after plans have been prepared but before the Chancellor of the Exchequer's annual budget is announced, when he refrains from discussing any matters which have relevance to the forthcoming budget.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A curtain or screen; also, a cotton fabric in blue and white stripes, used for curtains.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In India, a curtain.
- n. A curtain screening women of superior rank from the sight of men and from contact with strangers.
- n. Hence — The kind of seclusion in which such women live, constituting a mark of rank.
- n. The material of which the curtain is made; especially, a fine kind of matting, or a cotton cloth woven in white and blue stripes.
- In India, to screen with a purdah.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state of social isolation
- n. a screen used in India to separate women from men or strangers
- n. the traditional Hindu or Muslim system of keeping women secluded
Urdu pardah, veil, from Persian, from Middle Persian pardak, from Old Persian *paridaka-, from pari-dā-, to place over : pari, around, over; see per1 in Indo-European roots + dā-, to place; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindi पर्दा, Urdu پردہ (parda), from Persian پرده (parde, "curtain"). (Wiktionary)