hi·jab | \ hē-ˈjäb , -ˈjab \

Definition of hijab 

: the traditional covering for the hair and neck that is worn by Muslim women

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There were young Muslim women in hijabs, generations of feminists, goths, schoolkids, Drag Kings, Drag Queens, women priests, and a Franciscan monk. David Abrahams, Vogue, "A Very British Protest Unites London," 14 July 2018 With hashtags that translate as #dance to freedom and #dancing_isn’t_a_crime, Iranian women, many also without the mandatory hijab, have started posting their own videos in support of Hojabri. Laignee Barron, Time, "Women in Iran Are Dancing to Protest the Arrest of a Teenage Instagrammer," 9 July 2018 According to a report from Al Jazeera, the government in Austria has drafted a new law to stop elementary age girls from wearing hijabs to school. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Austria Seeks to Ban Hijabs From Elementary Schools," 5 Apr. 2018 Halima Aden, the first hijab-wearing model to sign with IMG and Teen Vogue’s July cover star, has built a career around being a trailblazer. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Halima Aden Had It Built Into Her Contract That She Wears Her Hijab When Modeling," 2 July 2018 The man came with friends, 15 bearded, motorcycle-vest-wearing vets amid a crowd of hijab-wearing Muslims. Washington Post, "In the Army and the Klan, he hated Muslims.," 5 June 2018 Khan was widely praised when the news of her appointment as a hijab-wearing spokesmodel was announced last week. Sam Reed, The Hollywood Reporter, "L'Oreal's First Hijab-Wearing Hair-Care Ambassador Steps Down Over "Anti-Israel" Tweets From 2014," 23 Jan. 2018 Behind him, a woman wearing a floral hijab tallies the votes on a large piece of paper that is taped to the shop’s bright blue wall. The Economist, "Local elections in Indonesia prefigure next year’s presidential poll," 28 June 2018 Mattel announces Ibtihaj Muhammad doll, the first Barbie to wear a hijabRobotics Engineer Barbie is another example of Mattel’s efforts to make the doll line more inclusive. Jillian Ruffo, ajc, "This is Barbie's newest 'Career of the Year'," 26 June 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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