Definition of pettah in US English:

pettah

noun

  • 1In Sri Lanka and southern India: a town or village lying outside or around a fort, and itself sometimes partly fortified. Now historical.

  • 2"the Pettah": the traditional market area of Colombo.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Cambridge (1717–1802), poet and essayist. From Malayalam pēṭṭa and Tamil pēṭṭai, probably ultimately from Sanskrit pratiṣṭhā establishment.

Pronunciation

pettah

/ˈpɛtə/