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

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At 19, Aden became the first hijab-wearing high fashion model on the runways, breaking boundaries for Muslim women. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Halima Aden Just Became Sports Illustrated’s First Hijabi Rookie," 29 Apr. 2019 Omar, a former Somali refugee and a proud hijab-wearing first-generation Muslim immigrant, had just won in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Jennifer Chowdhury, Marie Claire, "Why Ilhan Omar's Victory Speech Starting With an Islamic Greeting Is So Important," 9 Nov. 2018 As a hijab-wearing Muslim, Shirin continually faces judgment and discrimination. Emily Shippee, Teen Vogue, ""A Very Large Expanse Of Sea" Author Tahereh Mafi on Representation for Muslim-American Teens and the Need for More Diverse Love Stories," 2 Nov. 2018 Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, is accused of stabbing three men and killing two in May on a MAX train after the men stepped in to stop Christian from harassing two young women of color, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "Looking back at reports of bias incidents in Oregon and southwest Washington since Trump's election," 19 Jan. 2018 Omar also is the first to wear a hijab in the House chamber, after floor rules were changed to allow the head scarf. Amy Forliti, The Seattle Times, "Twitter dustup, apology not firsts for Minnesota Rep. Omar," 12 Feb. 2019 Only weeks since she was elected into congress, Ilhan Omar is working to lift the ban on the hijab in the House. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Destroyed Shoes Are Now a Historical Artifact," 30 Nov. 2018 For me, wearing a hijab was a way of showing unity, solidarity, tolerance and kindness. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Women Wear Headscarves to Honor Mosque Shooting Victims," 23 Mar. 2019 That same year the court ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who wanted to wear a hijab while working for Abercrombie & Fitch . Luke Goodrich, WSJ, "The Supreme Court Isn’t Anti-Muslim," 12 Feb. 2019

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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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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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