fig leaf

noun
Updated on: 4 Dec 2017

Definition of fig leaf

1 : the leaf of a fig tree
2
[from the use by Adam and Eve of fig leaves to cover their nakedness after eating the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:7)]
: something that conceals or camouflages usually inadequately or dishonestly

Examples of fig leaf in a Sentence

  1. Opponents claim that the humanitarian goals of the project are just a fig leaf, and that its real purpose is to make money.

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First Known Use of fig leaf

14th century


FIG LEAF Defined for English Language Learners

fig leaf

noun

Definition of fig leaf for English Language Learners

  • : the leaf of a fig tree

  • : something that prevents embarrassment or criticism by covering or hiding something


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