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  • n. Plural form of durbar.


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  • For Cannadine these include accounts of public rituals, such as durbars (elaborate and brassy British-organized ceremonial meetings of Indian princes); the medallions, cummerbunds, and befeathered topees that adorned both colonial officials and their native ruling partners; and the honors, awards, and titles of byzantine complexity which the British bestowed on those partners.

    A Bit of Bunting

  • And there's nothing quite like the magnificent maharajas, the viceroys, the durbars, the pig-sticking and tiger-hunting scenes, nor like waking in the Royal Imperial Suite to see hollow silver armchairs and a dramatic lithograph of an elephant fight.


  • This was in the great Hall of the Palace, where durbars are held, at Bombay.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Highness does not eat with his guests, but they are all put up in this building; and during big shoots, durbars, or festive occasions, the house is always full.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • North of the city is a district where the principal incidents of the siege took place, and there also is the plain devoted to imperial durbars and assemblages.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • Mohammedan _durbars_ or royal receptions; the _mundeel_ is the military turban, with stripes of gold and ends; the _séthi_ is like the _nustalik_, and is worn by bankers; the _shumla_ is

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 098, February, 1876

  • While last, but not least, durbars were held, in which Sir Henry Lawrence was able to proclaim his views and policy, by which the landholders should be reinstated in the possessions which they held at the annexation, the basis on which the instructions had been originally issued, which had been hitherto practically ignored, but to which he pledged himself to give effect.

    Forty-one years in India From Subaltern To Commander-In-Chief

  • The first thing she thought of was her portfolio of drawings, which she dragged outside; but it had already been partially burned, and most of the valuable and characteristic sketches she had made at the different durbars were destroyed.

    Forty-one years in India From Subaltern To Commander-In-Chief

  • The wise concessions also announced at the different durbars as regards the adoption by Native

    Forty-one years in India From Subaltern To Commander-In-Chief

  • I'm not afraid of snakes -- except them Scotch plaid ones that come o 'brandy on top o' royal durbars!

    Guns of the Gods


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