from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A seat, usually fitted with a canopy and railing, placed on the back of an elephant or a camel.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A seat, usually with a canopy, carried on the back of an elephant or camel.
- n. An ornate carriage which is positioned on the back of elephants or occasionally other animals, used most often in the past for rich people who travelled in India via elephant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A seat or pavilion, generally covered, fastened on the back of an elephant, for the rider or riders.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A seat, commonly with a railing and canopy, erected on the back of an elephant for two or more persons to ride in.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephant
And so the procession started, and for a while discomfort set acutely in, for the movement of a howdah is short and jerky, and it takes some time both to adjust oneself to it and to lose the feeling that the elephant sooner or later -- and probably sooner -- must trip and fall.
The howdah was a wooden structure with a gold and gilt roof, four pillars, a broad seat strewn with comfortable cushions and bolsters, thin muslin curtains enfolding the whole.
The "howdah" elephants would all be sent on to the appointed rendezvous, the entire party going out to meet them on "pad" elephants.
The African elephant may be domesticated and trained to the "howdah," or castle, as easily as his Indian cousin.
Ms. de Guitaut says that the third rose-cut diamond on the howdah blanket moves sideways to reveal the keyhole where it is wound up.
Due to space constraints, the museum here has had to make do with its own intricately carved gilded silver howdah and an even more impressive 15-foot-long coach of 1815 made entirely of silver.
Princess Jahanara Begam journeyed in an open howdah set atop an imperial elephant.
Princess Jahanara Begam stayed in her howdah for the rest of the journey, refusing company even when they halted for the night or for meals.
Jahanara rose and went to the waiting howdah outside filled with a sense of dread.
Somewhere up ahead was the imperial elephant that Bapa rode upon, seated in a silver and gold howdah, surrounded by the nobles at court, all jostling for a position close to him, hoping for a benevolent glance, a dropped word that would change their fortunes forever.