cha·​dor | \ ˈchə-dər How to pronounce chador (audio) , ˈchä- How to pronounce chador (audio) \

Definition of chador

: a large cloth worn as a combination head covering, veil, and shawl usually by Muslim women especially in Iran

Examples of chador in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fakhrizadeh’s widow appeared unnamed on state television in a black chador, saying his death would spark a thousand others to take up his work. Amir Vahdat And Jon Gambrell,, 28 Nov. 2020 Another gathering was attended by several thousand women in chadors. Washington Post, 15 July 2019 Other garments include the niqab, where a face-covering allows the eyes to be seen; the chador, which leaves the face uncovered; and the hijab, or head scarf. Charlotte Allen, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2018 The Guards’ intelligence department is headed by Mohammad (the good guys are known only by their first names), a stoic polyglot who is aided by his capable and religiously conservative female assistant Amini, dressed in a chador. Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2019 The Associated Press spoke to a variety of people on Tehran’s streets recently, ranging from young and old, women wearing the all-encompassing black chador to those loosely covering their hair. Mehdi Fattahi, The Seattle Times, 19 May 2019 Interviewing Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran in 1979, Fallaci wore a chador. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of chador

1525, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chador

Hindi, Urdu, & Persian; Hindi caddar, cādar & Urdu chaddar, from Persian chaddar, chādar

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“Chador.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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