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 One news outlet, Iran International, showed several videos of women in public areas of their cities without wearing a hijab. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 21 July 2022 The balaclava resembles a hijab, a religious head scarf worn by Muslim women. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Muskan Khan, an Indian Muslim woman who wears the hijab, is being praised for standing up to a far-right Hindu mob outside her college. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2022 The decree says that the hijab is required by Islam. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, 7 May 2022 Bayraktar regularly tweets Islamic blessings to his followers on social media, and both Sümeyye and the elder Canan wear the hijab. The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Though many in France may see it as a symbol of submissiveness, for these women, the hijab is a symbol of strength and commitment to their culture and religion. Washington Post, 19 June 2021 Wearing a hijab became perilous; mosques were vandalized or burned. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 9 June 2022 Most wore a traditional hijab, consisting of a headscarf and long robe or coat, but few covered their faces, as directed by the Taliban leader a day earlier. Kathy Gannon, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2022 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Hijab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hijab. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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