verb (used with object)

to remove a veil or other covering from; display; reveal: The woman unveiled herself.
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)

to become revealed by or as if by removing a veil.

Origin of unveil

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

Synonyms for unveil

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Examples from the Web for unveil

Contemporary Examples of unveil

Historical Examples of unveil

  • It was a happy idea to unveil the portrait in a darkened room.

  • She's coming with the Lord-Lieutenant to unveil the new statue.

    General John Regan

    George A. Birmingham

  • He would not believe, and we cannot unveil before all these men.

    Morning Star

    H. Rider Haggard

  • Should I tell him; would he believe; was it best to unveil the working of my own heart to that degree?


    Elizabeth Wetherell

  • It was evident that she would not unveil, and that they were prepared to indorse her refusal.

    If, Yes and Perhaps

    Edward Everett Hale

British Dictionary definitions for unveil



(tr) to remove the cover or shroud from, esp in the ceremonial unveiling of a monument, etc
to remove the veil from (one's own or another person's face)
(tr) to make (something secret or concealed) known or public; divulge; reveal
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Word Origin and History for unveil

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