Definition of adda in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadˌdɑː/


1A place where people gather for conversation.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1An illicit drinking place: the young men spent their time at the street-corner addas and tea stalls
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  • He goes into a shouting and raving fit, which culminates in his going to an adda and drinking himself into an aggressive somnolence.
  • They like many others had been regular visitors to the adda near a police station.
  • Have neighbourhood parks turned into ‘addas’ for local goons, and the ‘timepass types’?
1.2 [mass noun] Informal conversation among a group of people: ‘Go upstairs and enjoy a little adda with our neighbours.’
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  • 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.
  • 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.
2A junction point for public transport.
Example sentences
  • This was a shot of a truck standing at an 'Adda' (Bus Stop).


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

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