Definition of durbar in English:



  • 1The court of an Indian ruler.

    • ‘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!’
    • ‘These concepts are reflected in great mosques, forts, durbars and palaces, gardens and pools, and finally, tombs.’
    • ‘But today, few have managed to make from the courts and durbars to proscenium.’
    1. 1.1 A public reception held by an Indian prince or a British governor or viceroy in India.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A stage is prepared where Kansa holds his durbar.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While those miniatures chronicled wars and durbars and musical soirées, these miniatures are about love and loss, about life in a changing India.’
      • ‘The leisured progress, the sensuous attention to phrases, coupled with nuances in phrasing, created the reverberations of singing at a durbar.’
      • ‘Murals of the durbars and processions depict courtiers in their buttoned up coats and white trousers standing in neat rows like stick figures.’
      • ‘The Ghazal singer tells us her father was a classical singer in the durbar of the Gaekwads of Baroda.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the durbars of the village chieftains they sang songs of war, victory and valour.’


Urdu, from Persian darbār ‘court’.