niqab

noun
ni·​qab | \ni-ˈkäb \
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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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 And in 2011, France was the first country to officially ban niqabs in public spaces. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "The Netherlands just passed a law banning face veils in public buildings," 26 June 2018 But beneath their niqabs, or face-coverings, their conservative counterparts may be making even more ground. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018 But supporters of religious freedom argue that the act of wearing the burqa or niqab should be a right guaranteed to women. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "The Netherlands just passed a law banning face veils in public buildings," 26 June 2018 In recent years, the area has been transformed into a little South Asia, with a mosque and a large halal grocery store, where women in abayas and niqabs shop for Medina dates and Afghani naan. Catherine Porter, New York Times, "1 Neighborhood. 24 Kindergarten Classes. 40 Languages. (Some Miming Helps.)," 29 June 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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