[pur-duh] /ˈpɜr də/
noun, (in India, Pakistan, etc.)
the seclusion of women from the sight of men or strangers, practiced by some Muslims and Hindus.
a screen, curtain, or veil used for this purpose.
the custom in some Muslim and Hindu communities of keeping women in seclusion, with clothing that conceals them completely when they go out
a screen in a Hindu house used to keep the women out of view
a veil worn by Hindu women of high caste
(informal) hiding or isolation: the Treasury is currently locked in pre-budget purdah
1800, from Urdu and Persian pardah “veil, curtain,” from Old Persian pari “around, over” (from PIE *per- (1); see per-) + da- “to place”, from PIE *dhe- “to set, put” (see factitious).
/pɜːˈdəʊnɪəm/ noun 1. a type of coal scuttle having a slanted cover that is raised to open it, and an inner removable metal container for the coal
- Purdue university
[pur-dee] /ˈpɜr di/ noun 1. James, 1914–2009, U.S. novelist and short-story writer.
[pyoo r] /pyʊər/ adjective, purer, purest. 1. free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water. 2. unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous. 3. of unmixed descent or ancestry: a pure breed of dog. 4. free from foreign or inappropriate elements: pure Attic Greek. 5. […]