un·​veil | \ ˌən-ˈvāl \
unveiled; unveiling; unveils

Definition of unveil

transitive verb

1 : to remove a veil or covering from
2 : to make public : divulge, reveal a good time to unveil their plans

intransitive verb

: to throw off a veil or protective cloak

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of unveil in a Sentence

The developer unveiled plans for a new housing complex. The company will unveil its newest product today.

Recent Examples on the Web

Behold the special-purpose vehicle, unveiled last week by the European Commission and Europe’s three signatories to the 2015 deal. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Iran Trade Flop," 5 Feb. 2019 Love it or hate it, brutalism has been a defining part of our landscape, arguably since Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier unveiled Unité d’habitation in Marseille in 1952. Lauren Ho, Condé Nast Traveler, "Architectural Reboot: The Return of Brutalism," 20 Dec. 2018 Superintendent Clayton Wilcox and the school board will still have to make cuts to the budget plan unveiled in April. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "County officials want to give CMS teachers a raise. Can they really do that?," 14 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter The new building unveiled on June 12th, in contrast, is a design icon in the fancy district of Neihu. The Economist, "China fights Taiwan on airline websites," 14 June 2018 Print subscribers get a password for your existing account here The hearing, which drew more than 150 people Wednesday night, was the first open to the public since CPS unveiled its flexible generation plan in March. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio’s CPS Energy holds first public input session on Flex Plan," 14 June 2018 Soon, Intel and other mobile-chip designers will unveil processors specifically designed to do more locally. David Pierce, WSJ, "Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 Street artists from Ron English to Tomokazu Matsuyama to Vhils will unveil new works at Wynwood Walls. Victoria Stevens, Town & Country, "Meet the Graffitti Queen of Miami," 7 Dec. 2018 In the new year, Crate and Barrel—which has already pledged $100,000 to VOW's mission—will unveil a wedding registry initiative that allows couples and those purchasing gifts to choose products that directly support VOW. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "This New Charity Is Using Some of the Wedding Industry's $100 Billion to Fight Child Marriage," 8 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'unveil.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of unveil

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about unveil

Statistics for unveil

Last Updated

12 Feb 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for unveil

The first known use of unveil was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for unveil



English Language Learners Definition of unveil

: to show or reveal (something) to others for the first time
: to remove a cover from (something) so that people can see it


un·​veil | \ ˌən-ˈvāl \
unveiled; unveiling

Kids Definition of unveil

: to show or make known to the public for the first time The statue was unveiled. The mayor unveiled a new plan.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on unveil

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with unveil

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for unveil

Spanish Central: Translation of unveil

Nglish: Translation of unveil for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of unveil for Arabic Speakers

Comments on unveil

What made you want to look up unveil? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


excited commotion or publicity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!