- the leaf of a fig tree.
- a representation of a fig leaf, used as an ornament in architecture, as a cover for the genitalia on a statue or in a painting, etc.
- something intended to conceal what may be considered indecorous or indecent: to approach the facts of life with the fig leaves of roundabout expressions.
Origin of fig leaf
Related Words for fig leafvisor, veil, cloak, camouflage, alibi, ploy, ruse, excuse, guise, pretense, lid, canvas, sheet, mask, screen, cap, envelope, roof, jacket, front
Examples from the Web for fig leaf
Historical Examples of fig leaf
A woman, with only a fig-leaf for dress, has a double tail instead of legs.The Cathedral Builders
It was also in the Spring that Eve wearied of her fig-leaf toque.The Foolish Almanak
Yes, let her bring him to us at once, like a savage, without any fig-leaf.The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)
Charles Paul de Kock
That falsehood has not even a fig-leaf to cover its absurdity.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 10 (of 12)
Robert G. Ingersoll
And so for a while she made pride serve as fig-leaf to her nakedness.The Pace That Kills
- a leaf from a fig tree
- a representation of a leaf, usually a vine leaf rather than an actual fig leaf, used in painting or sculpture to cover the genitals of nude figures
- a device intended to conceal something regarded as shameful or indecent