(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.
More example sentences
- The umpire of the game oversees the play from a wooden howdah (bench type seat) on the back of the largest elephant.
- 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.
- 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.
from Urdu haudah, from Arabic hawdaj 'litter'.
Definition of howdah in:
- The US English dictionary