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veil

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noun \ˈvāl\

Simple Definition of veil

  • : a piece of cloth or net worn usually by women over the head and shoulders and sometimes over the face

  • : something that covers or hides something else

Full Definition of veil

  1. 1 a :  a length of cloth worn by women as a covering for the head and shoulders and often especially in Eastern countries for the face; specifically :  the outer covering of a nun's headdress b :  a length of veiling or netting worn over the head or face or attached for protection or ornament to a hat or headdress <a bridal veil> c :  any of various liturgical cloths; especially :  a cloth used to cover the chalice

  2. 2 :  the life of a nun —often used in the phrase take the veil

  3. 3 :  a concealing curtain or cover of cloth

  4. 4 :  something that resembles a veil <a veil of stars>; especially :  something that hides or obscures like a veil <lift the veil of secrecy>

  5. 5 :  a covering body part or membrane: as a :  velum b :  caul

Examples of veil

  1. Veils of moss draped the trees.

  2. <under the veil of descending darkness the thieves began their operation>



Origin of veil

Middle English, from Anglo-French veil, veille, from Latin vela, plural of velum sail, awning, curtain


First Known Use: 13th century


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veil

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Simple Definition of veil

  • : to cover (something) with a veil or with something that is like a veil : to hide or partly hide (something)

Full Definition of veil

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover, provide, obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to put on or wear a veil

Examples of veil

  1. Her eyes were partially veiled by her long, dark hair.

  2. The sun was veiled by clouds.



14th Century

First Known Use of veil

14th century



VEIL Defined for Kids

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veil

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noun \ˈvāl\

Definition of veil

  1. 1 :  a piece of cloth or net worn usually by women over the head and shoulders and sometimes over the face

  2. 2 :  something that covers or hides like a veil <a veil of secrecy> <Her hazel eyes, under their veil of long lashes, had a greenish flash to them. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain>




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veil

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verb

Definition of veil

veiledveil·ing

  1. :  to cover with or as if with a piece of cloth or net for the head and shoulders or face




Medical Dictionary

veil

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noun \ˈvā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of veil

  1. :  a covering body part or membrane; especially :  caul 2





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