Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state reception formerly given by Indian princes for a British sovereign or one given for an Indian prince by his subjects.
  • n. The court of an Indian prince.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of darbar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An audience hall; the court of a native prince; a state levee; a formal reception of native princes, given by the governor general of India.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An audience-room in the palaee of a native prince of India; the audience itself.
  • n. A state levee or audience held by the governor-general of India, or by one of the native princes; an official reception.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur

Etymologies

Urdu darbār, audience hall, court, from Persian : dar, indoors (from Middle Persian, door, from Old Persian duvara-); see dhwer- in Indo-European roots + bār, audience hall (from East Iranian *dwāra-, courtyard; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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