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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The woman, who was wearing a hijab, went to the hospital to get her jaw checked following a fall earlier that day, said her attorney, Majed Moughni. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Muslim woman sues after patient attacks her in Dearborn hospital," 3 Apr. 2018 The woman, who was wearing a hijab, went to the hospital to get her jaw checked after a fall that occurred earlier that day, said her attorney, Majed Moughni. Omar Abdel-baqui, USA TODAY, "Muslim woman sues hospital after patient attacks her in emergency room," 3 Apr. 2018 Macy's is launching a modest line of women's clothing specifically for Muslim women, including a line of hijabs. William Thornton, AL.com, "Macy's first U.S. department store to sell hijabs," 8 Feb. 2018 Omar is the first woman to wear a hijab on the floor. Bridget Read, Vogue, "The Most Diverse Congress Ever—With 131 Women—Is Sworn In," 3 Jan. 2019 Although women are subject to broader laws on matters like divorce and inheritance, the hijab is a highly public symbol of the rules imposed by Iran’s clerical leaders. Thomas Erdbrink, New York Times, "Compulsory Veils? Half of Iranians Say ‘No’ to Pillar of Revolution," 4 Feb. 2018 There were two older girls in hijabs and two younger girls, one of whom was wearing an England football shirt. SI.com, "England United: How Gareth Southgate's Young Lions Have Brought a Country Together," 11 July 2018 Women in the streets film themselves removing their mandatory headscarves, or hijabs, in protest. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran's politicians under pressure, 40 years after revolution," 24 Sep. 2018 This, perhaps, is how many in the West see the burqa, and also the hijab (a covering for the head and chest) and the niqab (a face veil)—cloth cloisters of Islam, the second-largest religion in the world. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Contemporary Muslim Fashions’ Review: Eye-Catching Modesty," 19 Sep. 2018

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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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