\ˈvāld \

Definition of veiled 

1a : having or wearing a veil or a concealing cover a veiled hat

b : characterized by a softening tonal distortion

2 : obscured as if by a veil : disguised veiled threats

Examples of veiled in a Sentence

She looked at him with barely veiled contempt. The report makes veiled references to his criminal activities.

Recent Examples on the Web

In the weeks before endorsing that incident, Trump targeted other liberals with veiled threats or language meant to vilify his adversaries. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "The president didn’t apologize for vilifying political opponents.," 24 Oct. 2018 There were hats and veiled faces, grandly romantic ball gowns, and often stunning feats of embellishment from Erdem, Simone Rocha, Mary Katrantzou, and the newcomer Richard Quinn. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Top 9 Collections of London Fashion Week Spring 2019," 19 Sep. 2018 When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made veiled threats about Iran's ability to close off the Strait of Hormuz, the Chinese immediately reached out to the Iranian government to express concern. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume," 12 Sep. 2018 Cole shared another photo of Lili prancing through a flowery field, this time with a gushy, deep caption that fans had no trouble reading into and deciding was a veiled admission of undying love for Lili. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart's Relationship," 30 July 2018 Republicans say Obama's get-out-the-vote effort is a veiled attempt to rally Democratic voters. William Lajeunesse, Fox News, "Michelle Obama launches 'get-out-the-vote effort,' insists it's 'nonpartisan'," 24 Sep. 2018 But at least one former worker at the department called the idea a veiled attempt to rein in alternative-energy research. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Trump's plan to overhaul government would give Interior and EPA more power," 22 June 2018 Among the players who made direct or veiled jokes about the situation were the Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum, the Indiana Pacers’ Trevor Booker, and, of course, the Sixers’ own Joel Embiid. David Murphy,, "The big problem for Sixers and Bryan Colangelo: Perception matters | David Murphy," 30 May 2018 Racher said the legislature's action was a thinly veiled attempt to thwart Toomey specifically. Mark Alesia, Indianapolis Star, "What Indiana officials want to keep secret about executions," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of veiled

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

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English Language Learners Definition of veiled

: having or wearing a veil

: able to be seen or understood but not openly shown or stated : expressed in a way that is not clear and direct

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