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  1. a ceremony in which a statue or monument is presented or displayed for the first time by removing its covering.
  2. an act or instance of presenting, displaying, or revealing, especially for the first time: the unveiling of a new play.
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Origin of unveiling

First recorded in 1760–70; unveil + -ing1
Related formsself-un·veil·ing, adjective


verb (used with object)
  1. to remove a veil or other covering from; display; reveal: The woman unveiled herself.
  2. 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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become revealed by or as if by removing a veil.
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Origin of unveil

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


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Related Words

disclose, open, display, tell, show, spring, expose, discover, divulge, bare, betray, uncover, unbosom

Examples from the Web for unveiling

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Historical Examples

  • The meanings are in those forms already, else they could be no garment of unveiling.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • The ceremony of unveiling the statue of Rhaetia was about to begin.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • "Too late," he uttered, and was unveiling his face when she sat up in bed with a scream.


    Stephen French Whitman

  • And yet one must be a woman to feel what I feel to-day, in unveiling and adorning your beauty.

    The Choice of Life

    Georgette Leblanc

  • May we venture to see there an unveiling of the divine heart?

British Dictionary definitions for unveiling


  1. a ceremony involving the removal of a veil at the formal presentation of a statue, monument, etc, for the first time
  2. the presentation of something, esp for the first time
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  1. (tr) to remove the cover or shroud from, esp in the ceremonial unveiling of a monument, etc
  2. to remove the veil from (one's own or another person's face)
  3. (tr) to make (something secret or concealed) known or public; divulge; reveal
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Word Origin and History for unveiling



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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper