Zenana meaning

zə-nä'nə
The part of a house reserved for the women of the household in South Asia.
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In India and Iran, the part of the house reserved for women.
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A harem on the Indian subcontinent; a part of the house reserved for high-caste women; a system of segregating women into harems.
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An effeminate or crossdressing male in northern India or Pakistan. (Also spelled zanána.)
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Origin of zenana

  • Hindi zenāna from Persian from zan woman gwen- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Persian/Urdu زنانه (zanānah), from زن (zan, “woman").
    From Wiktionary