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1. A state reception formerly given by Indian princes for a British sovereign or one given for an Indian prince by his subjects.
2. The court of an Indian prince.

[Urdu darbār, audience hall, court, from Persian : dar, door, gate (from Middle Persian, from Old Persian duvara-); see dhwer- in Indo-European roots + bār, audience hall (from East Iranian *dwāra-, courtyard; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots).]


(ˈdɜːbɑː; ˌdɜːˈbɑː)
(Historical Terms)
a. (formerly) the court of a native ruler or a governor in India and British Colonial West Africa
b. a levee at such a court
[C17: from Hindi darbār court, from Persian, from dar door + bār entry, audience]


(ˈdɜr bɑr)

1. Also, darbar. (in colonial India) a reception, commemorating a particular occasion.
2. a similar reception held in the former Hausa states of N Nigeria.
[1600–10; alter. of Urdu darbār court < Persian, =dar door + bār entry]
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Noun1.durbar - the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occurdurbar - the room in the palace of a native prince of India in which audiences and receptions occur
room - an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling; "the rooms were very small but they had a nice view"
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Inside is a photo of the restored Durbah Court, a grand room which forms the centrepiece of his department.
At an imperial durbah (public ceremony) held in the old Mughal capital of Delhi, she was represented as the direct heir of the Mughal dynasty in whose name her Viceroy proceeded to receive the ritual fealty of India's remaining princes and maharajas.
Lytton's viceroyalty, with its centrepiece of the imperial durbah, signalled a conservative counter-offensive against the nostrums of liberal imperialism, which was to last through the rest of Victoria's reign and up to the First World War.