from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A town, sometimes fortified, outside a fort.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The town or village which clusters round a fortress; an extramural suburb of a fortress.
From Tamil (pettia). (Wiktionary)
It is a little insignificant pettah, defended simply by a couple of gabions, a very ordinary counterscarp, and a bomb-proof embrasure.