(POOR-dah) [Hindi, Urdu: curtain] Among some Muslims and Hindus, the practice of keeping women hidden from men or from strangers by requiring them to veil their faces, or by confining them to screened or curtained areas of the house.
   The Taliban has no intention of easing the stern commandments that have virtually locked women away in a modern purdah. —Time, October 13, 1997.

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  • Purdah — Pur dah, n. [Per. parda a curtain.] A curtain or screen; also, a cotton fabric in blue and white stripes, used for curtains. McElrath. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Purdah — ist die: englische Bezeichnung für Parda, die in Pakistan und Indien verbreitete Form der islamischen Verschleierung der Frau die ehemalige Bezeichnung des britischen Panzers Tetrarch aus dem 2. Weltkrieg in Großbritannien die Bezeichnung für… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • purdah — 1800, from Urdu and Persian pardah “veil, curtain.” …   Etymology dictionary

  • Purdah — A cotton cloth, plain weave in blue and white stripes, used in India for curtains and native made from Indian cotton. The stripes are usually equal widths. The term is also applied to the very fine cotton veil worn by high caste Indian women …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • purdah — ► NOUN ▪ the practice in certain Muslim and Hindu societies of screening women from men or strangers by means of a curtain or all enveloping clothes. ORIGIN from Urdu and Persian, veil, curtain …   English terms dictionary

  • purdah — [pʉr′də] n. [Urdu & Hindi pardah, veil < Pers] 1. the practice among some Hindus and Muslims of secluding or hiding women from strangers 2. a curtain or partition used for this 3. the section of a house reserved primarily for women …   English World dictionary

  • Purdah — Deux femmes afghanes portant le tchadri traditionnel. Purdah ou Pardaa (urdu : پردہ, hindi : पर्दा signifiant littéralement « rideau ») désigne une pratique empêchant les hommes de voir les femmes. Le purdah prend deux… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Purdah — This article is about the practice of preventing men from seeing women. See also Budget purdah. Purdah or Pardaa (Persian: پرده, Urdu: پردہ, Hindi: पर्दा, literally meaning curtain ) is the practice of preventing men from seeing women. This takes …   Wikipedia

  • purdah — /perr deuh/, n. (in India, Pakistan, etc.) 1. the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus. 2. a screen, curtain, or veil used for this purpose. Also, purda, pardah. [1790 1800; < Hindi, Urdu… …   Universalium

  • purdah — pur|dah [ˈpə:də, da: US ˈpə:r ] n [U] [Date: 1800 1900; : Hindi; Origin: parda screen, veil ] 1.) the custom in some Muslim and Hindu societies in which women stay indoors or cover their faces so that men cannot see them in purdah ▪ The bride… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • purdah — pur|dah [ pɜrdə ] noun uncount the practice among some Muslims and Hindus of keeping women apart, and having them wear clothing that covers their bodies completely when they go out: His future wife would observe purdah. in purdah: a woman in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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