zenana


zenana

zenana or za·na·na [zuh-nah-nuh] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for zenana on Thesaurus.com noun (in India)

  1. the part of the house in which the women and girls of a family are secluded.
  2. its occupants collectively.

Origin of zenana 1755–65; Hindi Persian zanāna, female, pertaining to women, adj. derivative of zan woman; cognate with Sanskrit jani woman, wife, Greek gynḗ, OCS žena, Old English cwēn woman, wife; see queen Related Words for zenana purdah, seraglio, serai, zenana Examples from the Web for zenana Historical Examples of zenana

  • But in visiting a zenana I only saw the inhabitants of that one house.

    A Missionary Twig

    Emma L. Burnett

  • “Now I will tell you something of zenana visiting,” she said.

    A Missionary Twig

    Emma L. Burnett

  • She offered her hand tremblingly, and led Gascoigne into the zenana.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy

    Captain Frederick Marryat

  • Other interesting conveyances are those in which the zenana ladies travel.

    How the World Travels

    A. A. Methley

  • The Khan then returned to the zenana, where Lurlee Khnum met him.

    Tara

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • British Dictionary definitions for zenana zenana noun

    1. (in the East, esp in Muslim and Hindu homes) part of a house reserved for the women and girls of a household

    Word Origin for zenana C18: from Hindi zanāna, from Persian, from zan woman

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