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 (Gen. 3:7)] : something that conceals or camouflages usually inadequately or dishonestly
Examples of fig leaf in a sentence
Opponents claim that the humanitarian goals of the project are just a fig leaf, and that its real purpose is to make money.
First Known Use of fig leaf
FIG LEAF Defined for English Language Learners
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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