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  • n. A part of a house or palace reserved for men, especially on the Indian subcontinent.
  • n. A part of a train reserved for men.


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  • He was well aware that he was still considered a child, although he had moved out of the zenana apartments into the mardana quarters—the male half of the household.

    Shadow Princess

  • And that princess let her slave girls run ahead of her, waited until they had disappeared, and then sent a message to the mardana through a eunuch she found passing by.

    Shadow Princess

  • Her son was nearly nine years old and had long ago graduated from his father’s zenana apartments to the mardana —the male quarters of the household—and Najabat told her that he was bold, fearless, with a quick tongue, almost like a girl in that last part.

    Shadow Princess


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