pettah

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Tamil பேட்டை (pēṭṭai, estate).

Noun[edit]

pettah (plural pettahs)

  1. (in Sri Lanka and southern India) A town, sometimes fortified, outside a fort.
    • Fittchett p. 102 quoting Colonel Welsh
      We had not hitherto seen the face of the enemy, but now the walls of both the pettah —native town— and fort were lined with men whose arms glittered in the sun.

References[edit]

  • Dutt, Ashok K. Challenges to Asian urbanization in the 21st century, p. 60
  • Fitchett, William Henry. Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, Duke of, 1769-1852, London: G. Bell, 1911.