abaya

noun
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 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 But don’t worry: you aren’t expected to sport an abaya or a kandura. Jenna Scatena, Condé Nast Traveler, "Visiting Abu Dhabi: What to Know Before You Go," 11 Nov. 2019 On paper, there are no laws criminalizing women who do not wear the abaya. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Saudi women, bucking tradition, forgo abaya," 22 Sep. 2019 Visitors are welcome inside, but must wear appropriate clothing (abayas are available). Melinda Healy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Six Best Day Trips From Abu Dhabi," 6 Nov. 2019 About 90% of Aramco’s employees are Saudi, but women are as likely to wear trousers as an abaya. The Economist, "Aramco is both the oil sector’s Goliath and a firm vexed by problems," 31 Oct. 2019 Her abaya, the all-black shroud that is the customary attire for women in Saudi Arabia, stayed home. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Saudi women, bucking tradition, forgo abaya," 22 Sep. 2019 Minaj, who is known for her provocative dance moves and lyrics, would be performing in front of female fans who are expected to wear modest full-length robes known as an abaya. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Nicki Minaj cancels Saudi Arabia concert 'after careful reflection'," 9 July 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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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Abaya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abaya. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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