Abaya definition

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A loose, usually black robe worn by Muslim women, especially in Arabic-speaking regions, covering the body from head to toe or the neck down and often worn with a headscarf and veil.
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A long, loose, often black, robelike outer garment worn outside the home by women in some Muslim countries.
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Synonym of aba.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
abaya
Plural:
abayas

Origin of abaya

  • Colloquial Arabic ‘abāya from Arabic ‘abā’a variant of ‘abā’ aba

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Arabic عباية. Compare aba. First attested in 1856.

    From Wiktionary