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veil

noun \ ˈvāl \

Definition of veil

1 a :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 headdress
b :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 veil
c :any of various liturgical cloths; especially :a cloth used to cover the chalice
2 :the life of a nun often used in the phrase take the veil
3 :a concealing curtain or cover of cloth
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 :a covering body part or membrane: such as
a :velum
b :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

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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


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veil

verb

Definition of veil

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

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Origin and Etymology of veil

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



VEIL Defined for English Language Learners

veil

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

noun \ ˈvāl \

Definition of veil for Students

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

verb

Definition of veil for Students

veiled; veiling
:to cover with or as if with a piece of cloth or net for the head and shoulders or face

Medical Dictionary

veil

noun \ ˈvā(ə)l \

medical Definition of veil

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


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