- Any of several cloth head coverings worn by Muslim women.
- The veiling of women in some Islamic societies, customarily practiced in order to maintain standards of modesty.
Origin of hijabArabic &hlowdot;ijāb, cover, curtain, veil, from &hlowdot;ajaba, to cover; see &hlowdot;gb in Semitic roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural hijabs)
From Arabic ØØ¬Ø¨ (Ä§Ã¡jaba, “to veil, to cover, to screen").