Pronunciation: (pûr'du), [key]
—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. Also,pur'da,pardah.
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