veil

[ veyl ]
/ veɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

to cover or conceal with or as with a veil: She veiled her face in black. A heavy fog veiled the shoreline.
to hide the real nature of; mask; disguise: to veil one's intentions.

verb (used without object)

to don or wear a veil: In certain Islamic countries women must veil.

Idioms

    take the veil, to become a nun.

Origin of veil

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English veile < Anglo-French < Latin vēla, neuter plural (taken in VL as feminine singular) of vēlum covering; (v.) Middle English veilen < Anglo-French veiler, derivative of veile

Related forms

veil·less, adjectiveveil·like, adjective

Can be confused

vale veil
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British Dictionary definitions for veil (1 of 2)

veil

/ (veɪl) /

noun

verb

(tr) to cover, conceal, or separate with or as if with a veil
(intr) to wear or put on a veil

Derived Forms

veiler, nounveilless, adjectiveveil-like, adjective

Word Origin for veil

C13: from Norman French veile, from Latin vēla sails, pl of vēlum a covering

British Dictionary definitions for veil (2 of 2)

Veil

/ (French vaɪl) /

noun

Simone (Annie) (simɔn). born 1927, French stateswoman; president of the European Parliament (1979–82): a survivor of Nazi concentration camps
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Medicine definitions for veil

veil

[ vāl ]

n.

caul
velum
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Science definitions for veil

veil

[ vāl ]

A membranous covering or part, especially a membrane surrounding the young mushrooms of certain basidiomycete fungi. In some species the membrane (called a partial veil) extends only from the stalk to the cap. As the cap expands, the veil breaks, leaving a ring called an annulus on the stalk and often scalelike pieces on the cap. These veil remnants are important for identifying species of mushrooms.
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Idioms and Phrases with veil

veil


see draw a veil over.

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