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veil

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noun \ˈvāl\

Definition of veil

  1. 1a :  a length of cloth worn by women as a covering for the head and shoulders and often especially in Eastern countries for the face; specifically :  the outer covering of a nun's headdressb :  a length of veiling or netting worn over the head or face or attached for protection or ornament to a hat or headdress a bridal veilc :  any of various liturgical cloths; especially :  a cloth used to cover the chalice

  2. 2 :  the life of a nun —often used in the phrase take the veil

  3. 3 :  a concealing curtain or cover of cloth

  4. 4 :  something that resembles a veil a veil of stars; especially :  something that hides or obscures like a veil lift the veil of secrecy

  5. 5 :  a covering body part or membrane: such asa :  velumb :  caul

Examples of veil in a Sentence

  1. Veils of moss draped the trees.

  2. under the veil of descending darkness the thieves began their operation

Origin and Etymology of veil

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin vēla, plural of vēlum “sail, awning, curtain,” going back to *u̯eg-s-lo-, perhaps derivative of a verbal base *u̯eg-, akin to Old Irish -fig- “weaves,” Old English wēoce “wick” — more at 1wick


First Known Use: 13th century


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veil

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Definition of veil

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover, provide, obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to put on or wear a veil

Examples of veil in a Sentence

  1. Her eyes were partially veiled by her long, dark hair.

  2. The sun was veiled by clouds.

Origin and Etymology of veil

Middle English veilen, borrowed from Anglo-French veler, verbal derivative of veil 1veil


First Known Use: 14th century



VEIL Defined for English Language Learners

veil

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noun

Definition of veil for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of cloth or net worn usually by women over the head and shoulders and sometimes over the face

  • : something that covers or hides something else

veil

verb

Definition of veil for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something) with a veil or with something that is like a veil : to hide or partly hide (something)


VEIL Defined for Kids

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veil

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noun \ˈvāl\

Definition of veil for Students

  1. 1 :  a piece of cloth or net worn usually by women over the head and shoulders and sometimes over the face

  2. 2 :  something that covers or hides like a veil a veil of secrecy Her hazel eyes, under their veil of long lashes, had a greenish flash to them. — Esther Forbes, Johnny Tremain


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veil

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Definition of veil for Students

veiled

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veiling

  1. :  to cover with or as if with a piece of cloth or net for the head and shoulders or face


Medical Dictionary

veil

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noun \ˈvā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of veil

  1. :  a covering body part or membrane; especially :  caul 2



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