head·​scarf ˈhed-ˌskärf How to pronounce headscarf (audio)
plural headscarves ˈhed-ˌskärvz How to pronounce headscarf (audio) also headscarfs
: a fabric covering for the head worn especially by women
… young, well-educated European Muslim women who wear the headscarf as a conscious, articulate choice …Timothy Garton Ash
The stereotypical fortuneteller, a wizened old woman in a fringed headscarf hunched over a crystal ball …Louise Erdich
The US Justice Department, for example, has supported the right of Muslim girls to wear headscarves in public schools.Robert O. Paxton

Examples of headscarf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Analise Assad, a young Lebanese-American woman who favors Prada sunglasses and a modest headscarf, is leading a double life. Tom Nolan, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2023 Iranian activists this week accused them of assaulting a teenage girl for not wearing a headscarf in a Tehran metro station, leading to her hospitalization with serious injuries. Jomana Karadsheh, CNN, 6 Oct. 2023 When temperatures soar life slows to a near halt in this city of 170,000, where the streets are crowded with men wearing loose white cotton clothes and women in headscarves who jostle for space with farmers driving donkey carts. Annie Gowen, Niko Kommenda and Saiyna Bashir, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2023 Iran’s parliament last month passed a law that would impose punishments of up to 10 years in prison for women who disobey the rules on headscarves. Sara Mhaidli, NBC News, 7 Oct. 2023 Many women in the country continue their civil disobedience by not wearing obligatory headscarves in public spaces. Somayeh Malekian, ABC News, 3 Oct. 2023 Laws require all women to at least wear a headscarf, or hijab, to cover their hair as a sign of piety. Jon Gambrell and Mike Corder, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Oct. 2023 Iranian women, some without headscarves, walk in downtown Tehran. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 5 Oct. 2023 But traces of a movement that started with some women burning their headscarves are still visible. Adam Pourahmadi, CNN, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headscarf was in 1688

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“Headscarf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headscarf. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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