[boo r-kuh, bur-]
- a loose garment covering the entire body and having a veiled opening for the eyes, worn by Muslim women.
Also bur·qa, bour·kha, bur·kha [boo r-kuh, bur-] /ˈbʊər kə, ˈbɜr-/; bur·ga [boo r-guh] /ˈbʊər gə/
Origin of burka
1830–40; < Urdu burgaʿ < dialectal Arabic burqaʿ
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Examples from the Web for burka
As we neared the end of the interview, Schakowsky asked, “Have you ever put on a burka?”Can Congress Protect All Women? I-VAWA Is Gaining Backers
November 22, 2013
They say that if a man sees a burka he knows if she is beautiful from the way she moves.Afghan Women Fear Backsliding As President Karzai Negotiates With Taliban
February 19, 2012
Fingering the mesh netting that allows a woman wearing a burka to see, she looked grim.
It was a burka she had found in Afghanistan on a trip there two weeks ago.
- a variant spelling of burqa
C19: from Arabic
Word Origin and History for burka
1836, from Hindi, from Arabic burqa'.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper