ni·​qab | \ ni-ˈkäb How to pronounce niqab (audio) \
variants: or less commonly niqaab

Definition of niqab

: a veil for covering the hair and face except for the eyes that is worn by some Muslim women

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Critics argue that portion of the law targets the tiny minority of Quebecers who wear the face-covering niqab or burqa. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Quebec Bans Public-Sector Employees From Wearing Religious Garb," 17 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 The increased prominence of niqabs has not been limited to schools. Joe Cochrane, New York Times, "Ban on Face Veils at Indonesian University Lasted Just a Week," 19 Mar. 2018 Amy Roko, a social-media sensation in Saudi Arabia, says that wearing her niqab veil has liberated her comedy. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "The Rules of Comedy in Iraq," 13 Feb. 2019 Danish news agency Ritzau reported that police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of 46,000 located north of Copenhagen, to confront a woman wearing a niqab garment covering her face. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Denmark fines woman $156 for wearing face veil after banning burqa, niqab," 5 Aug. 2018 Denmark's facial covering law went into effect on Wednesday, and brings the country in line with similar laws in France and Belgium that prohibit full-body burqas, as well the niqab — Muslim dress which only shows the eyes. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Denmark fines woman $156 for wearing face veil after banning burqa, niqab," 5 Aug. 2018 The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab. Menna Zaki, Fox News, "Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt," 21 Aug. 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

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First Known Use of niqab

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for niqab

Arabic niqāb

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