Veil Definition

vāl
veiled, veiling, veils
noun
veils
A length of cloth worn over the head, shoulders, and often the face, especially by women.
American Heritage
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.
Webster's New World
A length of protective netting worn over the face by beekeepers.
American Heritage
A part of a nun's headdress, draped along the sides of the face and over the shoulders.
Webster's New World
Any piece of cloth used as a concealing or separating screen or curtain.
Webster's New World
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verb
veiled, veiling, veils
To cover with or as with a veil.
Webster's New World
To conceal, hide, disguise, screen, obscure, etc.
Webster's New World
To wear a veil.
American Heritage
Antonyms:
unveilreveal

Other Word Forms of Veil

Noun

Singular:
veil
Plural:
veils

Origin of Veil

  • From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French veile (compare modern French voile), from Latin vēla, nominative plural of vēlum.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old North French from Latin vēla pl. of vēlum a covering

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

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