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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).]
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(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]
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(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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