: having or wearing a veil or a concealing cover
a veiled hat
: characterized by a softening tonal distortion
: obscured as if by a veil : disguised
veiled threats

Example Sentences

She looked at him with barely veiled contempt. The report makes veiled references to his criminal activities.
Recent Examples on the Web The song’s video, shot at Simonon’s place on an iPhone, shows a veiled woman climbing stairs, her hand inching up the railing like a spider. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 6 Apr. 2023 If the veiled nature of the deal was unusual — it was signed for the front company by a businessman using a fake name — the timing was extraordinary. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2023 While declining to respond directly to Trump's attacks, DeSantis has made veiled remarks about the differences between him and the ex-president. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 30 Mar. 2023 The veiled woman wore a modest, silver gown, reportedly by Lamis Bridal Studio, a high-end dress maker in Cairo. Larry Madowo, CNN, 15 Mar. 2023 Determining this value as accurately as possible would help physicists nail down exactly which virtual particles are toying with the electron’s magnetic moment—some of which might belong to a veiled sector of our universe, where, for example, the ever-elusive dark matter resides. Katrina Miller, WIRED, 13 Mar. 2023 Left unmentioned by name in her launch video was Trump, the only other major GOP contender in the race, though Haley did appear to take a veiled swipe at him over his age. Ryan King, Washington Examiner, 15 Feb. 2023 Foreign leaders, typically careful about commenting on internal Israeli affairs, have offered veiled rebukes of the plan too. Danna Harman, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Feb. 2023 In what could be seen as a veiled commentary on the settlement, Ripps sarcastically criticized pop artist Andy Warhol’s famous depictions of Campbell’s soup cans. Marco Quiroz-gutierrez, Fortune Crypto, 6 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of veiled was in the 14th century

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“Veiled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veiled. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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