burka

noun
bur·ka | \ˈbu̇r-kə \
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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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In 2001, Carolyn Maloney, then Congresswoman from New York, made a show of putting on a burka on the floor of the House of Representatives. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "The Feminist Future of Modesty," 12 June 2018 The point of her pantomime seemed to be that even getting bombed was better than being hidden under a burka. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "The Feminist Future of Modesty," 12 June 2018 The Afghan man with the long beard, white turban, and worn farmer’s hands led his wife, draped all in a flowing dark blue burka, into a small office booth in Kabul. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "The ICRC's precious gift to Afghan families: contact with jailed loved-ones," 29 Mar. 2018 But, there was also enough bad news: Austria has started enforcing its ban on burka's and niqab's. Mary Wang, Vogue, "Austria Just Enforced Burka Ban, and Other News Women Need To Know This Week," 1 Oct. 2017 The niqab and burka are not mentioned in the legislation, according to CBC. Madison Park, CNN, "Quebec bars people with face coverings from getting public services," 19 Oct. 2017 It's been reported that a Muslim woman entered the pool in a burka later on July 21. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Muslim Woman Kicked Out of Pool and Fined for Wearing a Burkini in France," 8 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of burka

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for burka

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

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burka

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English Language Learners Definition of burka

: 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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