in India and Iran, the part of the house reserved for women
Origin of zenanaHindi zan?na from Persian from zan, woman, akin to Classical Greek gyn?, woman: see gyno-
The part of a house reserved for the women of the household in South Asia.
Origin of zenanaHindi zenāna from Persian from zan woman ; see gwen- in Indo-European roots.
- A harem on the Indian subcontinent; a part of the house reserved for high-caste women; a system of segregating women into harems.
- An effeminate or crossdressing male in northern India or Pakistan. (Also spelled zanÃ¡na.)