chador

noun
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 Another gathering was attended by several thousand women in chadors. Washington Post, "In Iran, some take off their hijabs as hard-liners push back," 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, "Religious Freedom and the Burqa," 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, "Imagine ‘Homeland,’ if all the heroes were Iranian. That’s ‘Gando,’ must-see TV in Iran," 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, "In Iran, a plunging economy trumps fears of US confrontation," 19 May 2019 Controversies over the chador and hijab persist in Iran today . Fox News, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 25 Apr. 2018 Controversies over the chador and hijab persist in Iran today . Fox News, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 25 Apr. 2018 Controversies over the chador and hijab persist in Iran today . Fox News, "Mysterious mummy found in Iran could be father of last shah," 25 Apr. 2018 The terrified little boy, however, clung to his mother, peering at me from behind the folds of her chador. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chador. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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