- 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.
A bride wearing a veil.
- 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 of veilMiddle 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.
- a. A length of cloth worn over the head, shoulders, and often the face, especially by women.b. A length of netting attached to a woman's hat or habit, worn for decoration or to protect the head and face.c. A length of protective netting worn over the face by beekeepers.
- 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: assumed the veil.
- Any of various cloth head coverings worn by Muslim women.
- 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.
verbveiled, veil·ing, veils
- To cover with or as if with a veil: Dense fog veiled the bridge.
- To conceal or disguise: a smile that veiled his anger.
Origin of veilMiddle English, from Old North French, from Latin vēla, pl. of vēlum, a covering.
- Something hung up, or spread out, to hide an object from view; usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphanous material, to hide or protect the face.
- A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
- The calyptra of mosses.
- A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.
- A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul; a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil; a Moslem veil.
- (zoology) velum (A circular membrane round the cap of medusa)
- (mycology) A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.
(third-person singular simple present veils, present participle veiling, simple past and past participle veiled)