[ uhn-vey-ling ]
/ ʌnˈveɪ lɪŋ /


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.

Nearby words

  1. unvarnished,
  2. unvarnished truth,
  3. unvarying,
  4. unveil,
  5. unveiled,
  6. unverified,
  7. unviable,
  8. unvocal,
  9. unvoice,
  10. unvoiced

Origin of unveiling

First recorded in 1760–70; unveil + -ing1

Related formsself-un·veil·ing, adjective


[ uhn-veyl ]
/ ʌnˈveɪl /

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

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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


/ (ʌnˈveɪl) /


(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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper