aba·​ya | \ ə-ˈbī-ə How to pronounce abaya (audio) \

Definition of abaya

: a loose-fitting full-length robe worn by some Muslim women

Examples of abaya in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next day at the hotel, an abaya was waiting for me. Los Angeles Times, "Behind the story: From Nepal to Saudi Arabia, reporting how a dead man came back to life," 28 Oct. 2020 An old woman, wearing a long black abaya, opened her corrugated metal gate a crack and squinted into the brilliant noonday sun to see who had knocked. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "Stigma Hampers Iraqi Efforts to Fight the Coronavirus," 14 Apr. 2020 Female visitors are not required to wear the conservative black-flowing robe known as the abaya and headscarves in public. Washington Post, "Saudi Arabia cuts loose with bevy of models and a rave," 23 Dec. 2019 Female visitors are not required to wear the conservative black-flowing robe known as the abaya and headscarves in public. Time, "Conservative Saudi Arabia Cuts Loose With Models and a Rave," 23 Dec. 2019 Her father eventually gave up and sent her to live with her mother, under whose more permissive roof Ms. Moha cut her hair, uncovered her head, started wearing her abaya open over jeans and T-shirts and bought a piano and an electric guitar. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Saudi Law Granted Women New Freedoms. Their Families Don’t Always Agree.," 14 Mar. 2020 The legal team of Walid bin Attash, led by Ms. Bormann, favors the austere black abaya of their client’s native Saudi Arabia. Carol Rosenberg, New York Times, "Inside America’s War Court: Clothing and Culture at Guantánamo Bay," 27 Dec. 2019 Many of the women wore their hair uncovered and their abayas open over jeans and sneakers, styling them more like long, fluid jackets than the traditional all-covering gowns. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Saudi Society Is Changing. Just Take a Look at These Coffeehouses.," 15 Jan. 2020 When visiting a mosque, women are required to wear an abaya, which most mosques provide for free, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Visiting Abu Dhabi: What to Know Before You Go," 11 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of abaya

1810, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abaya

Arabic ʽabāya

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“Abaya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abaya. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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