chador

noun

cha·​dor ˈchə-dər How to pronounce chador (audio) ˈchä- How to pronounce chador (audio)
: a large cloth worn as a combination head covering, veil, and shawl usually by Muslim women especially in Iran

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Slowly, by the late 1990s, brightly colored headscarves and form-fitting coats replaced the black chador. ELLE, 5 Jan. 2023 While crowds in Tehran looked large with chador-wearing women waving the Islamic Republic's flag, other commemorations in the country appeared smaller, with only a few dozen people taking part. Arkansas Online, 5 Nov. 2022 But while crowds in Tehran looked large with chador-wearing women waving the Islamic Republic's flag, other protests in the country appeared smaller, with only a few dozen people taking part. Jon Gambrell, ajc, 4 Nov. 2022 But while crowds in Tehran looked large with chador-wearing women waving the Islamic Republic’s flag, other commemorations in the country appeared smaller, with only a few dozen people taking part. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2022 This follows this month’s death of 22-year-old Mahsa ‘Zhina’ Amini, arrested in Tehran for not properly wearing the headscarf, which unlike the body-length chador is compulsory for women outside of their home. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Sep. 2022 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, chicagotribune.com, 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1525, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chador was in 1525

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Cite this Entry

“Chador.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chador. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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chador

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

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