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noun [uncountable] purdah pronunciation in British English /ˈpɜː(r)də/
  1. 1
    the practice among some Muslims and Hindus of keeping women apart, and having them wear clothing that covers their bodies completely when they go out

    His future wife would observe purdah.

    in purdah:

    a woman in purdah

  2. 2
    British a time when a politician or other important person does not appear in public while working on matters that they want to keep secret

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