Definition of "zenana" []

  • The part of a house in Asian countries such as India and Pakistan reserved for the women of the household. (noun)
  • (in the East, esp in Muslim and Hindu homes) part of a house reserved for the women and girls of a household (noun)

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Use "zenana" in a sentence
  • ""The word zenana," replied Mrs. Thurston, "strictly means women's apartment, but as it is generally used by us it means the houses of the high caste gentlemen, where their wives live in great seclusion."
  • "The little jade dog on my shelf stared at me with bulging eyes, reminding me that betrayal from within the zenana was the least of my fears."
  • "It was clear that the native tutors had no control whatever over their illustrious pupil, and every creature in and about the zenana was his submissive slave, so that Gerrard became seriously exercised as to the development of his character."