veil·​ing ˈvā-liŋ How to pronounce veiling (audio)
: any of various light sheer fabrics
: veil

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Authorities have installed surveillance cameras in public places recently to catch violators of mandatory veiling. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2023 During the 1979 revolution, veiling became a symbol of resistance to the Pahlavi monarchy that ruled from 1925 to 1979. Amy Motlagh, The Conversation, 14 Nov. 2022 Iranian women, many of them young women, and their supporters have been rising up against mandatory veiling, economic corruption and mismanagement, and 43 years of militant Islamist repression. Hamid Dabashi, CNN, 29 Dec. 2022 These types of veiling allow the wearer to adjust the amount of hair shown and the fit and the length of the tunic. Amy Motlagh, The Conversation, 14 Nov. 2022 The role of the morality police, which enforces veiling laws, came under scrutiny after a detainee, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, died in its custody in mid-September. Jack Jeffery, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Dec. 2022 That one, from the get-go, was no veiling — no gradually parsing out and meting out the fear and the story. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2022 In this piece, there are references to that body of work, obviously, with the veiling. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2022 The unrest over the issue of mandatory veiling for women has come to symbolize wider anger against the Iranian government and has been met with a violent crackdown by authorities. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 19 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English veylinge, from veil veil entry 1 + -inge -ing entry 1

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of veiling was in the 13th century

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“Veiling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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