[ uhn-vey-ling ]
/ ʌnˈveɪ lɪŋ /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: unveiling / unveilings on Thesaurus.com

a ceremony in which a statue or monument is presented or displayed for the first time by removing its covering.
an act or instance of presenting, displaying, or revealing, especially for the first time: the unveiling of a new play.
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of unveiling

First recorded in 1760–70; unveil + -ing1


self-un·veil·ing, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023


What does unveiling mean?

An unveiling is a ceremony or other event during which something is presented or revealed, especially for the first time.

Unveiling comes from the continuous (-ing) form of the verb unveil, and it can also refer to the act of doing so.

Sometimes, unveiling is used in a literal way, such as to refer to a ceremony that involves the removal of a veil or other physical covering from something, like a statue or monument.

It’s also commonly used figuratively—often in a way that likens the action to physically uncovering something. In this sense, it often refers to the presentation of something to the public for the first time, as in The unveiling of the new model is scheduled for the convention next month. 

It can also refer to the uncovering of something that has been kept secret or hidden, as in The unveiling of this scandal was the result of months of investigative reporting. 

Unveiling is sometimes used as a modifier in phrases like unveiling ceremony. Sometimes, the thing that will be unveiled is specified before the word unveiling, as in I’ve been invited to the product unveiling. 

Example: The company presented its new phone at the big unveiling last week.

Where does unveiling come from?

The first records of the word unveiling come from the 1700s. The prefix un- indicates a reversal, and veil ultimately comes from the Latin vēlum, meaning “a covering.”

Both the literal and figurative uses of unveiling often imply a sense of drama or ceremony (since it’s usually exciting to see new things or to learn of things that have been hidden). When tangible things are unveiled, it’s often done with a flourish, like removing a sheet from a new car model at an auto show or slowly pulling back the velvet curtains to reveal the small elephant you’ve been hiding. The unveiling of intangible things, like plans or secrets, is also often dramatic due to anticipation or surprise.

Did you know ... ?

What are some other forms related to unveiling?

What are some synonyms for unveiling?


What are some words that share a root or word element with unveiling

What are some words that often get used in discussing unveiling?

How is unveiling used in real life?

Unveiling can be used in many different contexts. In marketing, it’s often used in the context of presenting a new product or product model to the public.



Try using unveiling!

Which of the following actions is NOT associated with an unveiling?

A. revealing
B. uncovering
C. presenting
D. hiding

How to use unveiling in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for unveiling

/ (ʌnˈveɪlɪŋ) /

a ceremony involving the removal of a veil at the formal presentation of a statue, monument, etc, for the first time
the presentation of something, esp for the first time
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012