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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In 2018 a hijab-wearing Barbie modeled after Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad made its way to market. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Mattel Launches Black, Disabled Barbie To Rave Reviews," 2 July 2019 Gallagher is also charged with shooting a young girl in a flower hijab sometime in July 2017. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL’s teammates set to testify in trial that begins Monday," 16 June 2019 In February, Nike featured Hammon in an ad — narrated by Serena Williams — that honored women who have defied outdated cultural stigmas to play against men, run the Boston Marathon, box, dunk or fence in a hijab. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Best person for any NBA coaching job? It might be the Spurs’ Becky Hammon," 13 June 2019 Among them, causing quite a stir, was Zoha Rahman’s character, Peter’s hijab-wearing classmate helping to break barriers for Muslim representation. Sarah Khan, Teen Vogue, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 2 July 2019 Anyone who's driven through the leafy neighborhoods of Westlake or shopped at Great Northern Mall in North Olmsted has surely seen people wearing hijabs and chadors. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "Muslims' plan for North Ridgeville mosque adds to suburb's 'Middle American' authenticity: Mark Naymik," 28 Mar. 2018 Saleem’s wife, Bisan (Maisa Abd Elhadi), wears a hijab and is introduced happily window shopping for baby cribs. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: An affair between a Palestinian man and Israeli woman ignites ‘The Reports on Sarah and Saleem’," 13 June 2019 Meanwhile, 2,000 new all-female morality police units are to be tasked with ensuring that Iranian women wear the hijab, or headscarf. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Nearly 550 restaurants in Tehran have been shut down for breaking “Islamic principles”," 9 June 2019 Other garments include the niqab, where a face-covering allows the eyes to be seen; the chador, which leaves the face uncovered; and the hijab, or head scarf. Charlotte Allen, WSJ, "Religious Freedom and the Burqa," 23 Aug. 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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