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

Examples of niqab in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An Indonesian man with the coronavirus has boarded a domestic flight disguised as his wife, wearing a niqab covering his face and carrying fake IDs and a negative PCR test result. Randi Basri, ajc, 22 July 2021 Maryam is conservative culturally (her niqab is frequently on) but openly ambitious about her career. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 One wore a niqab, a full-face veil worn by many Muslim women. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 22 Aug. 2020 After covering their faces for so long and being the subject of discrimination for doing so, Muslim women have highlighted a double standard that women who wear face coverings, known as niqab, now see. Meredith Spelbring, Detroit Free Press, 15 May 2020 And Algeria prohibited women from wearing the niqab at work in 2018. Washington Post, 5 July 2019 For a long time, Raghda and Rafaa seemed fated to retrace the path of their five older sisters: arranged marriages while still young; children soon thereafter; faces covered with the niqab, the black veil that reveals only the eyes. Vivian Yee, New York Times, 14 Mar. 2020 The niqab and hijab, or headscarf, were banned under secular governments until the ouster of longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime in 2011, Reuters reports. Michelle Lou, CNN, 5 July 2019 Bilal had demanded his wife wear a niqab, or face veil, and his brother had already left for the caliphate. Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2019

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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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“Niqab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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