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veil

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noun
  1. a piece of opaque or transparent material worn over the face for concealment, for protection from the elements, or to enhance the appearance.
  2. a piece of material worn so as to fall over the head and shoulders on each side of the face, forming a part of the headdress of a nun.
  3. the life of a nun, especially a cloistered life.
  4. something that covers, separates, screens, or conceals: a veil of smoke; the veil of death.
  5. a mask, disguise, or pretense: to find fault under a veil of humor.
  6. Botany, Anatomy, Zoology. a velum.
  7. Mycology. a membrane that covers the immature mushroom of many fungi and breaks apart as the mushroom expands, leaving distinctive remnants on the cap, stalk, or stalk base.
  8. Scot. and North England. a caul.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cover or conceal with or as with a veil: She veiled her face in black. A heavy fog veiled the shoreline.
  2. to hide the real nature of; mask; disguise: to veil one's intentions.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to don or wear a veil: In certain Islamic countries women must veil.
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Idioms
  1. take the veil, to become a nun.
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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 formsveil·less, adjectiveveil·like, adjective
Can be confusedvale veil
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  • Yet she would not take back the words either, nor would she grant the veil.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • And Sidney knew how it was meant; she smiled into his eyes and drew down her veil briskly.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Would the veil hold the handmade curls in exactly the proper place?

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Her hands shook so that she failed twice in the task of refastening her veil.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Her hat was in the way of very marked effusion; her veil too.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad


British Dictionary definitions for veil

veil

noun
  1. a piece of more or less transparent material, usually attached to a hat or headdress, used to conceal or protect a woman's face and head
  2. part of a nun's headdress falling round the face onto the shoulders
  3. something that covers, conceals, or separates; maska veil of reticence
  4. the veil the life of a nun in a religious order and the obligations entailed by it
  5. take the veil to become a nun
  6. Also called: velum botany a membranous structure, esp the thin layer of cells connecting the edge of a young mushroom cap with the stipe
  7. anatomy another word for caul
  8. See humeral veil
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verb
  1. (tr) to cover, conceal, or separate with or as if with a veil
  2. (intr) to wear or put on a veil
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Derived Formsveiler, nounveilless, adjectiveveil-like, adjective

Word Origin

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

Veil

noun
  1. Simone (Annie) (simɔn). born 1927, French stateswoman; president of the European Parliament (1979–82): a survivor of Nazi concentration camps
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Word Origin and History for veil

n.

early 13c., from Anglo-French and Old North French veil (Old French voile) "a head-covering," also "a sail," from Latin vela, plural of velum "sail, curtain, covering," from PIE root *weg- "to weave a web." Vela was mistaken in Vulgar Latin for a feminine singular noun. To take the veil "become a nun" is attested from early 14c.

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v.

late 14c., from Old French veler, voiller, from Latin velare "to cover, veil," from velum (see veil (n.)). Figurative sense of "to conceal" (something immaterial) is recorded from 1530s. Related: Veiled; veiling.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

veil in Medicine

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veil in Science

veil

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Idioms and Phrases with veil

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