Definitions for veilveɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

veilveɪl(n.)

  1. a piece of opaque, transparent, or mesh material worn over the face for concealment or protection or to enhance the appearance.

    Category: Clothing

  2. a piece of material worn so as to fall over the head and shoulders on each side of the face, forming a part of a headdress, as of a nun or a bride.

    Category: Clothing, Religion

  3. something that covers, separates, screens, or conceals.

  4. Category: Anatomy, Botany

    Ref: velum (def. 1). 1

  5. a membrane that covers many immature mushrooms and leaves distinctive remnants after the growing mushroom breaks it apart.

    Category: Fungi

  6. a caul.

    Category: Scottish

  7. (v.t.)to cover or conceal with or as if with a veil.

  8. (v.i.)to don or wear a veil.

Idioms for veil:

  1. take the veil,to become a nun.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of veil:

1175–1225; ME veile < L vēla, neut. pl. of vēlum covering

Princeton's WordNet

  1. head covering, veil(noun)

    a garment that covers the head and face

  2. veil, velum(noun)

    a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms

  3. caul, veil, embryonic membrane(noun)

    the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)

  4. humeral veil, veil(verb)

    a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl

  5. veil(verb)

    to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil

    "women in Afghanistan veil their faces"

  6. obscure, blot out, obliterate, veil, hide(verb)

    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

    "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. veil(noun)ɪl

    a transparent piece of clothing worn over a woman's head and face

    to wear a veil; a wedding veil

Wiktionary

  1. veil(Noun)

    Something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view, and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen, usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphanous material, to hide or protect the face.

  2. veil(Noun)

    A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.

  3. veil(Noun)

    The calyptra of mosses.

  4. veil(Noun)

    A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.

  5. veil(Noun)

    A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul; a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil; a Moslem veil.

  6. veil(Noun)

    Same as velum, 4.

  7. veil(Noun)

    A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.

  8. veil(Verb)

    To don, or garb with, a veil.

  9. veil(Verb)

    To conceal as with a veil.

    The forest fire was veiled by smoke, but I could hear it clearly.

  10. Origin: From Old Northern French veile, from vela, nominative plural of velum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Veil(noun)

    something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view, and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen, usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphnous material, to hide or protect the face

  2. Veil(noun)

    a cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense

  3. Veil(noun)

    the calyptra of mosses

  4. Veil(noun)

    a membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum

  5. Veil(noun)

    a covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil

  6. Veil(noun)

    same as Velum, 3

  7. Veil(noun)

    to throw a veil over; to cover with a veil

  8. Veil(noun)

    fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal

Freebase

  1. Veil

    A veil is an article of clothing or cloth hanging that is intended to cover some part of the head or face, or an object of some significance. It is especially associated with women and sacred objects. One view is that as a religious item, it is intended to show honor to an object or space. The actual sociocultural, psychological, and sociosexual functions of veils have not been studied extensively but most likely include the maintenance of social distance and the communication of social status and cultural identity. In Islamic society, various forms of the veil have been adopted from the Arab culture in which Islam arose.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

veil(noun)

a piece of thin cloth worn over the face or head to hide, cover, or protect it

Some women wear veils for religious reasons, to prevent strangers from seeing their faces; a veil of mist over the mountains; a veil of secrecy.

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