Definition of howdah in English:

howdah

noun

  • (in South Asia) a seat for riding on the back of an elephant or camel, typically with a canopy and accommodating two or more people.

    • ‘Better yet, you see most of it on foot (heavily restricted elsewhere in India) or on elephant-back, perched atop a cushioned howdah.’
    • ‘In Jodhpur, the finely restored Meherangarh Fort offers a fascinating glimpse into the old Maharajas' lifestyles, with decorative elephant howdahs and family cradles on display.’
    • ‘Our little lord, perched imperiously in his howdah, was gradually succumbing to the chill wind out of the south.’
    • ‘Riding a six-tusked elephant on a howdah of lotus flowers, the huge tenth-century statue of Bodhisattva Puxian stands in its own hall and is among the most revered shrines on Emei.’
    • ‘The umpire of the game oversees the play from a wooden howdah (bench type seat) on the back of the largest elephant.’
    • ‘We saw tigers, too, as close as you like from the swaying perch of the howdah on the back of the elephants.’
    • ‘In the 1970s, the government stepped in to conduct the procession with the idol of the Goddess placed on the golden howdah.’

Origin

From Urdu haudah, from Arabic hawdaj ‘litter’.

Pronunciation

howdah

/ˈhaʊdə/