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 Senate Bill 181 was inspired by high school runner Noor Alexandria Abukaram, who was disqualified from a race for wearing a hijab. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 11 June 2021 But understanding why the hijab is the site of so much controversy in France also requires understanding the deep history behind the debate. Time, 19 May 2021 The hijab is a religious headscarf donned by Muslim women around the world that covers the wearer's head and neck but not their face. Ganesh Setty, Sahar Akbarzai, And Eric Levenson, CNN, 10 Nov. 2020 Khalifa went viral in 2014 after filming a scene wearing a hijab. Yael Halon, Fox News, 30 May 2021 Her son, Taliesin Namkai-Meche, along with Ricky Best and Micah Fletcher, stepped in upon hearing a man shouting racist epithets at two Black teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab, aboard a MAX train on May 26, 2017. oregonlive, 27 May 2021 Last week, the French Senate approved a measure to ban the hijab for women under the age of 18. Hoda Katebi, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2021 Growing a beard, wearing a hijab, and going to the Mosque, among others. Hoda Katebi, Vogue, 15 Apr. 2021 The video showed her in front of the headquarters for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, wearing a fanny pack and a colorful print hijab, bouncing anxiously on her heels, then glancing over her shoulder as if to make sure the coast was clear. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2021

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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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“Hijab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hijab. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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