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a. A curtain or screen, used mainly in India to keep women separate from men or strangers.
b. The Hindu or Muslim system of sex segregation, practiced especially by keeping women in seclusion.
2. Social seclusion: "Never have artists been more separate: their inordinate fame, wealth, drug use have driven them into luxurious purdah" (D. Keith Mano).

[Urdu pardah, veil, from Persian, from Middle Persian pardak, from Old Persian *paridaka-, from pari-dā-, to place over : pari, around, over; see per in Indo-European roots + dā-, to place; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈpɜːdə) or


1. (Hinduism) the custom in some Muslim and Hindu communities of keeping women in seclusion, with clothing that conceals them completely when they go out
2. (Islam) the custom in some Muslim and Hindu communities of keeping women in seclusion, with clothing that conceals them completely when they go out
3. (Hinduism) a screen in a Hindu house used to keep the women out of view
4. (Hinduism) a veil worn by Hindu women of high caste
5. informal hiding or isolation: the Treasury is currently locked in pre-budget purdah.
[C19: from Hindi parda veil, from Persian pardah]
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(ˈpɜr də)

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.
[1790–1800; < Hindi, Urdu pardah curtain < Persian]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purdah - a state of social isolationpurdah - a state of social isolation    
isolation - a state of separation between persons or groups
2.purdah - the traditional Hindu or Muslim system of keeping women secluded
separatism, segregation - a social system that provides separate facilities for minority groups
3.purdah - a screen used in India to separate women from men or strangers
screen - partition consisting of a decorative frame or panel that serves to divide a space
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[ˈpɜːdə] N (in India etc) → reclusión f femenina
to be in purdah (fig) → estar en cuarentena
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[ˈpɜːrdə] npurdah m
to be in purdah → être en purdah
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n Vorhang vor den Frauengemächern im Islam und Hinduismus, → Purdah f; a woman in purdah (lit)eine Frau, die von (fremden) Männern ferngehalten wird; he keeps his wife (like a woman) in purdaher hält seine Frau von allem fern
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Ms Harman also challenged the Conservative leader on plans not to introduce "purdah" rules during the referendum campaign which would put limits on government statements and actions which could influence the result.
After his meeting with Fox, Salmond piled on political pressure by saying the decision had to be announced by the end of February to avoid Holyrood's pre-election "purdah" period - in which no government announcements are allowed.
Mr Tait said NERD had initially been launched at the start of April, as Aspire had believed it would not be affected by purdah rules on spending public money during elections.
After months of uncertainty on fuel prices, drivers can breathe a sigh of relief at a period of stability, thanks to the Chancellor's decision to impose a "purdah at the pumps".
Speaking at the first in a series of pre-Budget consultation meetings in Bridgend, South Wales, Mr Brown said: 'In the past, budgets have led to a period of purdah on behalf of the chancellor.

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