A veil worn by Muslim women that covers most or all of the face, having a narrow opening or mesh covering for the eyes.
An opaque veil, typically having only a slitlike opening for the eyes, worn by some Muslim women to cover the head, neck, and sometimes the chest and shoulders.
Other Word Forms
Origin of niqab
- Arabic niqāb from naqaba to pierce, bore a hole, perforate nqb in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition