veil

noun
\ ˈvāl How to pronounce veil (audio) \

Definition of veil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 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

veil

verb
veiled; veiling; veils

Definition of veil (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover, provide, obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil

intransitive verb

: to put on or wear a veil

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Examples of veil in a Sentence

Noun

Veils of moss draped the trees. under the veil of descending darkness the thieves began their operation

Verb

Her eyes were partially veiled by her long, dark hair. The sun was veiled by clouds.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pledging to lift the veil on the general budget process, Carter held a series of outreach sessions with residents around the city during the past several months. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul mayor proposes 4.85 percent tax levy increase, reducing number of sworn officers," 15 Aug. 2019 As a result, the scientific data and hundreds of pounds of moon rocks gathered during the Apollo missions lifted the veil of mystery not just on the moon but also on the Earth. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Apollo 11 at 50: How the moon landing changed the world," 16 July 2019 Evenwel also helps to further lift the veil on Trump’s motives, showing that the goal all along was never to make American democracy fairer and more representative, but to magnify the political power of white conservatives. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The War to Empower Rural White Voters Is Bigger Than Trump," 9 July 2019 Higher-profile Democrats have also started to lift the veil on their White House hopes. Juana Summers, The Seattle Times, "Why wait? Democrats openly flirt with 2020 White House bids," 13 Nov. 2018 The spy agency's first female director also lifted the veil behind her life, discussing her affection for Johnny Cash songs, her reading preferences when not poring through CIA briefing books and her most memorable celebrity encounter. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, "CIA director: Agency keenly focused on nation state rivals," 24 Sep. 2018 In recent weeks, in a bid to improve transparency, administrators have lifted the veil of secrecy that surrounded Dozier and programs like it, allowing The Miami Herald to review century-old records and tour the remote campus. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A painful reunion at school of horror," 11 July 2018 The push to lift the veil on officer discipline faces powerful opposition: The city’s police and corrections unions, which have deep coffers, vocal leaders and influential allies. Ashley Southall, New York Times, "4 Years After Eric Garner’s Death, Secrecy Law on Police Discipline Remains Unchanged," 3 June 2018 If the season 2 finale of 13 Reasons Why suggested that the veil of darkness had yet to lift from over Liberty High School, then the third season premiere meets those expectations, and then some. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: 13 Reasons Why Season 3 Recap," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The sacred and narrative cosmology contained within them is, according to a gallery handout, veiled and fragmentary, transformed and intentionally withheld in their fullness from those outside the clans. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Spectacular aboriginal paintings from Australia burst with deep, sacred beauty," 19 Aug. 2019 So, were Gillibrand’s remarks veiled criticism against Bernie, or Beto, or Bill DeBlasio? Fortune, "Kirsten Gillibrand Says Some Democrats Don’t Support Women Working: The Broadsheet," 29 July 2019 They are easily influenced by the caregiver’s veiled cues. F.h. Buckley, WSJ, "Euthanasia And Organ Harvesting," 17 June 2019 Trump’s criticism was aimed at four freshman Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and thinly veiled distaste for Trump: Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Darlene Superville, Twin Cities, "House condemns Trump ‘racist’ tweets in extraordinary rebuke," 16 July 2019 Trump’s criticism was aimed at four freshman Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and thinly veiled distaste for Trump: Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Darlene Superville, The Denver Post, "House condemns Trump ‘racist’ tweets in extraordinary rebuke," 16 July 2019 Trump's criticism was aimed at four freshman Democrats who have garnered attention since their arrival in January for their outspoken liberal views and thinly veiled distaste for Trump: Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Author: Alan Fram, Darlene Superville, Anchorage Daily News, "House condemns Trump ‘racist’ tweets in extraordinary rebuke," 16 July 2019 But local theater veteran Wendy Lehr steals the show playing both the murder victims as well as a thinly veiled — and utterly hilarious — version of the Marjorie’s attorney, Ron Meshbesher. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Review: History Theatre’s ‘Glensheen’ is as funny and fascinating as ever," 8 July 2019 Titan is veiled by a nitrogen atmosphere and larger than Mercury. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA will fly a billion-dollar quadcopter to Titan, Saturn’s methane-rich moon," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of veil

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for veil

Noun

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 wick entry 1

Verb

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

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vehicular

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veiled

veiled medusa

veiling

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veil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of veil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of veil (Entry 2 of 2)

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

veil

noun
\ ˈvāl How to pronounce veil (audio) \

Kids Definition of veil

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

veil

verb
veiled; veiling

Kids Definition of veil (Entry 2 of 2)

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

veil

noun
\ ˈvā(ə)l How to pronounce veil (audio) \

Medical Definition of veil

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

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