burka

noun bur·ka \ ˈbu̇r-kə \
variants: or
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of burka

: a loose enveloping garment that covers the face and body and is worn in public by certain Muslim women

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Origin and Etymology of burka

Urdu, Persian & Arabic; Urdu burqaʽ, from Persian burqaʽ, burquʽ, from Arabic burquʽ


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burka

Definition of burka for English Language Learners

  • : a long piece of clothing that covers the face and body and that is worn by some Muslim women in public places


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