What does veil mean?

Definitions for veilveɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word veil.

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"


  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

  9. Origin: [OE. veile, OF. veile, F. voile, L. velum a sail, covering, curtain, veil, probably fr. vehere to bear, carry, and thus originally, that which bears the ship on. See Vehicle, and cf. Reveal.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Veil

    vāl, n. a curtain: anything that hides an object: a piece of muslin or thin cloth worn by ladies to shade or hide the face: a cover: a disguise: an obscuration of the clearness of the tones in pronunciation: in fungi, the partial covering of the stem or margin of the cap—applied also to the indusium of ferns.—v.t. to cover with a veil: to cover: to conceal.—n. Veil′ing, the act of concealing with a veil: a veil: material for making veils.—adjs. Veil′less, wanting a veil: uncovered; Vē′lar (philol.), denoting sounds (gw, kw, &c.) produced by the veil of the palate or soft palate; Vē′lary, pertaining to a sail.—n. Vēlā′tion, a veiling: concealment, mystery.—Eucharistic or Sacramental veils, the linen or silk cloths used to cover the eucharistic vessels and the elements during the celebration of Mass or Holy Communion.—Take the veil, to become a nun. [O. Fr. veile (Fr. voile)—L. velum, a curtain—vehĕre, to carry.]

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Anagrams for veil »

  1. live

  2. vlei

  3. Levi

  4. vile

  5. evil


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of veil in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of veil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Victor Hugo:

    A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.

  2. Alfred Bernhard Nobel:

    Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.

  3. Volodymyr Knyr:

    If you're ugly, then vail not your eyes, but your veil.

  4. Percy B. Shelley:

    Death is a veil which those who live call life, Sleep and it is lifted.

  5. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Your darkest fears are the veil between you and your brightest rewards.

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