ni·​qab ni-ˈkäb How to pronounce niqab (audio)
variants or less commonly niqaab
: 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 In Syria, even outside of ISIS’ domain, radical Islamic groups such as Jabhat al Nusra have opened sharia schools where girls must wear the niqab and are segregated from boys. Xanthe Ackerman, Foreign Affairs, 23 Dec. 2015 Some thirty kids crammed inside: young boys in tracksuits, little girls in head scarves or niqabs. Anand Gopal, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 Her eyes, framed for the majority of her screentime by her niqab, are extraordinary, telegraphing worlds of emotion, running the gamut from trauma and vulnerability to something more sinister. Catherine Bray, Variety, 22 Feb. 2024 Behind them is a mural painted by Lamy’s daughter, a cemetery scene with a Minotaur-like creature and topless women dancing in niqabs. Nick Haramis Ola Rindal Dogukan Nesanir, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 In 2010, France became the first European country to ban full face coverings, including niqabs, in public areas. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 On February 20, 2015, as the residents of Sanaa prepared for evening prayers, Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi put on a woman’s niqab and slipped out the back door of his official residence, where a car was waiting for him. Asher Orkaby, Foreign Affairs, 16 Oct. 2017 To be Hijrah is to essentially lead a more Islamic life — encompassing everything from dress to dating, meaning more women are wearing the hijab, or the niqab, the full-face veil. Sui-Lee Wee, New York Times, 12 Apr. 2023 Donning a niqab — a face veil worn by some Muslim women — an Indonesian man who tested positive for Covid-19 boarded a plane traveling from the southeast Asian nation's capital Jakarta to the city of Ternate on Sunday, police told the Associated Press. NBC News, 23 July 2021

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Word History


Arabic niqāb

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of niqab was in 1936

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“Niqab.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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