hi·​jab | \ hē-ˈjäb How to pronounce hijab (audio) , -ˈjab \

Definition of hijab

: the traditional covering for the hair and neck that is worn by Muslim women

Examples of hijab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Girls are required to wear a hijab during prayers and as part of their uniform if men are present, but otherwise it is rarely enforced in the female-only space. Rifat Malik, Dallas News, "‘One of our finest hours’: Richardson school for Muslim girls tackles the fourth ‘R’ — resilience," 1 July 2020 One of them is African American and the other is an immigrant from Somalia, who was wearing a hijab. oregonlive, "WATCH LIVE: Victims and their families speak before judge will sentence Jeremy Christian for murdering two strangers on a MAX train," 23 June 2020 At the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, her booking photo was taken without her hijab, which was not returned to her for the seven hours she was held there, according to the petition. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "Muslim woman arrested in Miami protest forced to remove hijab for booking photo," 19 June 2020 This isn't the same as a hijab, which covers the head and not the face. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Do masks mask our emotions? Not necessarily, says one expert," 15 June 2020 But the most enduring pocket of resistance is an around-the-clock sit-in of mostly hijab-wearing women in a working-class Delhi neighborhood called Shaheen Bagh. Washington Post, "Indian women protest new citizenship laws, joining a global ‘fourth wave’ feminist movement," 24 Feb. 2020 Although the university did not sponsor the event, officials have been responding to angry alumni threatening to withhold donations and are reassuring parents that a hijab-wearing daughter or dark-skinned son will be safe on campus. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "'It's breaking my heart': How Greenville, N.C. is wrestling with the fallout of Donald Trump's rally," 18 July 2019 Those contestants included Jackie Cox (whose non-drag name is Darius Rose), who donned a red-striped caftan with a midnight blue hijab outlined with 50 silver stars. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jeff Goldblum Faces Social Media Backlash Over Islam Comments on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'," 25 Apr. 2020 After the woman pushed Campbell away, Campbell forcibly took the hijab, prosecutors said. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Oregon woman accused of snatching hijab is charged with hate crimes," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of hijab

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hijab

Arabic ḥijāb cover, screen, veil

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8 Jul 2020

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“Hijab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hijab. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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