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[boo r-kuh, bur-]
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  1. a loose garment covering the entire body and having a veiled opening for the eyes, worn by Muslim women.
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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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Historical Examples

  • A Caucasian burkha, which I had bought at Trebizond, was laid in several folds on the benches.

    Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 1 (of 2)

    Sven Hedin

British Dictionary definitions for burkha


  1. a variant spelling of burqa
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Word Origin

C19: from Arabic
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Word Origin and History for burkha



1836, from Hindi, from Arabic burqa'.

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