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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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 The law, carried by a 75-30 vote, forbids the wearing of full-face veils such as the niqab, balaclavas, face-covering ski masks, face masks and fake beards. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Denmark bans full-face veils in public," 31 May 2018 Many Saudi women are also expected to wear some kind of hijab or head covering, and some opt to cover their face with a niqab. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "A Saudi fashion show skipped the models and showed dresses using drones," 7 June 2018 None of the three mothers wore the niqab, the Islamic head covering that obscures all but the eyes. New York Times, "At the Heart of Indonesia Terror Attacks, a Well-Liked Family," 18 May 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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