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ze·na·naalso za·na·na (zə-nä′nə)
The part of a house reserved for the women of the household in South Asia.
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) (in the East, esp in Muslim and Hindu homes) part of a house reserved for the women and girls of a household
[C18: from Hindi zanāna, from Persian, from zan woman]
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n., pl. -nas. (in India)
1. the part of the house in which the women and girls of a family are secluded.
2. its occupants collectively.
[1755–65; < Hindi < Persian zanāna, female, of women, adj. derivative of zan woman, c. Skt jani; see quean]
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