- The definition of a veil is a covering, particularly one made of cloth.
An example of a veil is what a bride wears on her head.
- Veil is defined as to cover or hide.
An example of to veil is to hide a gift under a large sheet.
A bride wearing a veil.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a piece of light fabric, as of net or gauze, worn, esp. by women, over the face or head or draped from a hat to conceal, protect, or enhance the face
- any piece of cloth used as a concealing or separating screen or curtain
- anything like a veil in that it covers or conceals: a veil of mist, a veil of silence
- a part of a nun's headdress, draped along the sides of the face and over the shoulders
- the state or life of a nun: chiefly in , to become a nun
- humeral veil
- Dialectal caul
- Biol. velum
Origin: Middle English veile, veil, sail, curtain from Norman French from Classical Latin vela, neuter plural , taken as feminine , of velum, sail, cloth, curtain from Indo-European base an unverified form weg-, to weave, attach, a textile from source Old Irish figim, I weave, Old English wecca, wick
- to cover with or as with a veil
- to conceal, hide, disguise, screen, obscure, etc.
- veillike adjective
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- A length of cloth worn by women over the head, shoulders, and often the face.
- A length of netting attached to a woman's hat or habit, worn for decoration or to protect the head and face.
- a. The part of a nun's headdress that frames the face and falls over the shoulders.b. The life or vows of a nun.
- a. A piece of light fabric hung to separate or conceal what is behind it; a curtain.b. Something that conceals, separates, or screens like a curtain: a veil of secrecy.
- Biology A membranous covering or part, as that on the developing fruiting body of certain mushrooms; a velum.
- To cover with or as if with a veil: Dense fog veiled the bridge.
- To conceal or disguise.
Origin: Middle English, from Old North French, from Latin vēla, pl. of vēlum, a covering.
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