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 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 Afghan women are sometimes choosing not to wear hijabs, the traditional Muslim head coverings, so as not to draw attention to themselves. Sascha Brodsky, latimes.com, "A surge in neo-Nazi attacks terrifies refugees in Greece," 4 June 2018 Witnesses said Christian was shouting racist and xenophobic comments at two black teenage girls, one who was wearing a hijab, on the train. Aimee Green, OregonLive.com, "What defenses could MAX stabbing suspect Jeremy Christian possibly mount?," 25 May 2018 Muslim girls usually only start wearing the hijab from puberty. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "German teachers' association backs headscarf ban for under-14s," 9 Apr. 2018 In the first episode, for instance, David tries to dissuade a female suicide bomber wearing a hijab. Caryn James, WSJ, "British Hit ‘Bodyguard’ Is Going Global," 20 Oct. 2018 All heroes may not wear capes, but thanks to one inspiring group at New York City's 2018 Comic Con, some definitely wear hijabs. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Hijabi Women Dressed Like the "Avengers" at Comic Con," 10 Oct. 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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