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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Further research into how the niqab may enhance or lessen the risk of airborne transmission would yield interesting insights into how respiratory diseases affect Arab cultures. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2013 Full face veils, known as the niqab, are banned in all French public spaces including public transport and parks, streets and administrative buildings. Joseph Ataman And Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 21 June 2022 In 2017, Gilda became the attempted punchline of an alt-right insult, when a Twitter user shared a photo of her in a subway car wearing a bouffant scarlet wig and seated next to a woman in a black niqab. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 Meaning, while French citizens were required to cover their faces by law, French Muslim women citizens covering their faces with the niqab continued to face the prospect of being fined and arrested by police. Shaista Aziz, CNN, 5 Feb. 2022 Women caught wearing a niqab in public space face a 150 euro fine and being arrested by the police. Shaista Aziz, CNN, 5 Feb. 2022 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 See More

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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 6 Feb. 2023.

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