[ kis-wah ]
/ ˈkɪs wɑ /

noun Islam.

a decorative veil draped over the walls of the Kaʿba, now made of black brocade embroidered in gold with inscriptions from the Koran.


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Origin of kiswah

Borrowed into English from Arabic around 1590–1600 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for kiswah

  • Kusay's house was burnt, its cloth covering (or kiswah) catching fire from a torch.

    The Days of Mohammed|Anna May Wilson