unveiling

[uhn-vey-ling]

noun

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.

Origin of unveiling

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

unveil

[uhn-veyl]

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 unveiling

Contemporary Examples of unveiling

Historical Examples of unveiling

  • 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.

    Sacrifice

    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

unveiling

noun

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

unveil

verb

(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

unveil

v.

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