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unveiling

[uhn-vey-ling]
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noun
  1. a ceremony in which a statue or monument is presented or displayed for the first time by removing its covering.
  2. an act or instance of presenting, displaying, or revealing, especially for the first time: the unveiling of a new play.

Origin of unveiling

First recorded in 1760–70; unveil + -ing1
Related formsself-un·veil·ing, adjective

unveil

[uhn-veyl]
verb (used with object)
  1. to remove a veil or other covering from; display; reveal: The woman unveiled herself.
  2. to reveal or disclose by or as if by removing a veil or covering: to unveil a monument; to unveil a secret; to unveil a truth.
verb (used without object)
  1. to become revealed by or as if by removing a veil.

Origin of unveil

First recorded in 1590–1600; un-2 + veil

Synonyms

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2. divulge, bare, broadcast, expose.
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Examples from the Web for unveiling

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  • The meanings are in those forms already, else they could be no garment of unveiling.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • The ceremony of unveiling the statue of Rhaetia was about to begin.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • "Too late," he uttered, and was unveiling his face when she sat up in bed with a scream.

    Sacrifice</p>

    Stephen French Whitman

  • And yet one must be a woman to feel what I feel to-day, in unveiling and adorning your beauty.

    The Choice of Life</p>

    Georgette Leblanc

  • May we venture to see there an unveiling of the divine heart?


British Dictionary definitions for unveiling

unveiling

noun
  1. a ceremony involving the removal of a veil at the formal presentation of a statue, monument, etc, for the first time
  2. the presentation of something, esp for the first time

unveil

verb
  1. (tr) to remove the cover or shroud from, esp in the ceremonial unveiling of a monument, etc
  2. to remove the veil from (one's own or another person's face)
  3. (tr) to make (something secret or concealed) known or public; divulge; reveal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unveiling

unveil

v.

1590s, in reference to sight, "to make clear," from un- (2) + veil (v.). Sense of "to display or reveal" (something) is from 1650s. Related: Unveiled; unveiling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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