Definition of durbar in English:



  • 1 historical The court of an Indian ruler.

    ‘But today, few have managed to make from the courts and durbars to proscenium.’
    • ‘These concepts are reflected in great mosques, forts, durbars and palaces, gardens and pools, and finally, tombs.’
    • ‘Using this art, the ruler's secret agents and informers used to pass messages to him without the knowledge of outsiders or members of the durbar.’
    • ‘In fact the diorama of the Sultan's durbar could have been taken from an illustration of the court of one of the old princes of God's Own Country!’
    1. 1.1A public reception held by an Indian prince or by a British governor or viceroy in India.
      ‘At the 1911 durbar honoring his coronation as British king and emperor of India, George V declared that Delhi would replace Calcutta as capital of the raj.’
      • ‘Dance has moved from temples to durbars and now to the public stage.’
      • ‘Despite this association, he writes that it is used on ‘joyous ceremonial occasions’, and it is this chair type that the Asantehene typically occupies during major durbars.’
      • ‘While those miniatures chronicled wars and durbars and musical soirées, these miniatures are about love and loss, about life in a changing India.’
      • ‘Murals of the durbars and processions depict courtiers in their buttoned up coats and white trousers standing in neat rows like stick figures.’
      • ‘In the durbars of the village chieftains they sang songs of war, victory and valour.’
      • ‘In December 1911, when King George V and his queen came to Delhi, a durbar was held in the city to announce the contents of the proclamation made at Delhi to leading citizens of the city.’
      • ‘The crowded figures in the royal durbar are not individuated but arranged in a social hierarchy of relative importance with the leading courtiers closest to the throne.’
      • ‘The leisured progress, the sensuous attention to phrases, coupled with nuances in phrasing, created the reverberations of singing at a durbar.’
      • ‘A stage is prepared where Kansa holds his durbar.’
      • ‘The Ghazal singer tells us her father was a classical singer in the durbar of the Gaekwads of Baroda.’
      • ‘Regimental durbars, semi-formal councils, enabled men to air complaints outside the usual hierarchy, and in WW I Indian soldiers on the western front were issued with the narcotic hemp they were accustomed to chew.’
      • ‘The concept of durbar reveals the jagadguru's benevolence for the welfare and well being of the devotees who participate to gain the acharya's blessings.’



/ˈdərbär/ /ˈdərbɑr/


Urdu, from Persian darbār ‘court’.