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 Those contestants included Jackie Cox (whose non-drag name is Darius Rose), who donned a red-striped caftan with a midnight blue hijab outlined with 50 silver stars. Sharareh Drury, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jeff Goldblum Faces Social Media Backlash Over Islam Comments on 'RuPaul's Drag Race'," 25 Apr. 2020 After the woman pushed Campbell away, Campbell forcibly took the hijab, prosecutors said. Aimee Ortiz, BostonGlobe.com, "Oregon woman accused of snatching hijab is charged with hate crimes," 6 Jan. 2020 Elturk's mission has always been to empower Muslim women to feel confident wearing the hijab and to see it in the mainstream. Bisma Parvez, Detroit Free Press, "Nike launches new swimwear line that caters to Muslim, modest women," 11 Dec. 2019 Christian also is charged with the hate crime of second-degree intimidation for allegedly targeting two teenage girls -- one African American and the other from Somalia who was wearing a hijab. The Oregonian/oregonlive.com, oregonlive, "Watch Live: The Jeremy Christian trial verdict," 21 Feb. 2020 Beckett allegedly later directed other managers to not hire anyone who wore a hijab. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan restaurant chain Anna's House accused of firing employees over race, religion," 30 Jan. 2020 Halima Aden, scoring the title of Breakthrough Model, was the first woman to wear a hijab and burkini in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and has made strides as one of the first Muslim models in the industry. Fiona Moriarty-mclaughlin, Billboard, "Zendaya, Emily Ratajkowski Among Winners at 'Daily Front Row' Fashion Media Awards," 28 Aug. 2019 And then Halima Aden, the 21-year-old Somali-American runway star, is the first model to wear a hijab and burkini in the magazine's pages. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At 45, Tyra Banks Makes a Sports Illustrated Comeback With a Body Positive Message," 8 May 2019 And local governments have enacted more than 600 measures imposing elements of Shariah, or Islamic law, including requiring women to wear hijabs — a catchall for head scarves — to hide their hair. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "The ‘Niqab Squad’ Wants Women To Be Seen Differently," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

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“Hijab.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hijab. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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