Niqab definition

nə-käb
A veil worn by Muslim women that covers most or all of the face, having a narrow opening or mesh covering for the eyes.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
niqab
Plural:
niqaab, niqabs

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