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 And the patterns: One day, a student of mine pulled off her abaya to reveal an ensemble with a matching headscarf in not one, not two, but three different leopard prints. Clare Louise Frost, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2021 Dressed in a body-covering black abaya, Ward flinched repeatedly as gunshots rang out on the streets of Afghanistan’s capital. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 After the Taliban took power, Clarissa Ward of CNN changed into a full-length abaya in order to keep speaking with Afghans on the street. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 Many mannequins wear updated versions of the abaya, a traditional cloak that covers the body to below the ankles, with sleeves extending to the wrists. Wendy Moonan, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2021 Some come to holiday without their abaya, but others come to settle. The Economist, 10 Apr. 2021 The next day at the hotel, an abaya was waiting for me. Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 23 Dec. 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 19 Sep. 2021.

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