Pettah meaning

(in Sri Lanka and southern India) A town, sometimes fortified, outside a fort.

"We had not hitherto seen the face of the enemy, but now the walls of both the pettah —native town— and fort were lined with men whose arms glittered in the sun" (Fittchett p. 102 quoting Colonel Welsh).

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Origin of pettah

  • From Tamil பேட்டை (peṭṭai, “estate”).

    From Wiktionary