Definition of adda in English:



  • 1A place where people gather for conversation.

    • ‘And as for noise, crowds, dirt, adda, sweet shops, music, history, all of which make up the spirit of the city - these have been missed out entirely.’
    • ‘So what is it that translates four walls and an eatery into an icon, an adda or a hangout?’
    • ‘Best of all, I enjoy Calcuttans, those impossible, hard-to-please individuals, forever sneering at the rest of the world and drinking endless cups of over-brewed tea in informal addas or meeting places.’
    • ‘Offer him a chicken biryani from Paradise or Bawarchi or take him for a cup of piping hot tea and a couple of Osmania biscuits at the neighbourhood Irani adda?’
    • ‘After all, the City does have a plethora of Barista outlets, Cafe Coffee day joints and namma India Coffee House adda on M.G.Road.’
    1. 1.1 An illicit drinking place.
      ‘the young men spent their time at the street-corner addas and tea stalls’
      • ‘He goes into a shouting and raving fit, which culminates in his going to an adda and drinking himself into an aggressive somnolence.’
      • ‘Have neighbourhood parks turned into ‘addas’ for local goons, and the ‘timepass types’?’
      • ‘They like many others had been regular visitors to the adda near a police station.’
    2. 1.2mass noun Informal conversation among a group of people.
      ‘‘Go upstairs and enjoy a little adda with our neighbours.’’
      • ‘Some of Chakrabarty's concerns in this book - modernity, adda and the shadow of Benjamin's flâneur - occupy a similarly ambivalent position in relationship to his provenance as a subalternist historian.’
      • ‘For historical and social reasons, both activities are largely the preserve of the male; there are few female flâneurs and, as Chakrabarty points out, female participation in an adda is exceptional.’
      • ‘All night performances of classical and folk music, plays, magicians and mime artistes, round table discussions and adda will entertain all Kolkatans wanting a mega-dose of culture a la Bengal.’
      • ‘In Delhi I lived just a sharp cover point's throw away from his house and thus partook of many addas hosted by him and his wife, the distinguished literary scholar Meenakshi Mukherjee.’
      • ‘Hassani's friends invite interested people; they also help initiate the discussions, not unlike Kolkata's intellectual addas, over many cups of hot sweet Afghani tea.’
      discussion, talk, chat, gossip, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, head-to-head, exchange, dialogue, parley, consultation, conference
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  • 2A junction point for public transport.

    • ‘This was a shot of a truck standing at an 'Adda' (Bus Stop).’


From Hindi aḍḍā, originally in the sense ‘perch for tame birds’.