Historical in India or Africa, an official reception or audience held by a native prince, or by a British ruler or governor
Origin of durbarHindi ; from darb?r ; from Pers, a ruler's court ; from dar, portal (for Indo-European base see door) + b?r, court
- A state reception formerly given by Indian princes for a British sovereign or one given for an Indian prince by his subjects.
- The court of an Indian prince.
Origin of durbarUrdu darbār, audience hall, court, from Persian : dar, door, gate (from Middle Persian, from Old Persian duvara-); see dhwer- in Indo-European roots + bār, audience hall (from East Iranian *dwāra-, courtyard; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots).
- (India) Alternative spelling of darbar.