[ veyld ]
/ veɪld /


having a veil: a veiled hat.
covered or concealed by, or as if by, a veil: a veiled woman.
not openly or directly expressed; masked; disguised; hidden; obscure: a veiled threat.
lacking clarity or distinctness: veiled sounds; a veiled image.

Nearby words

  1. vehement,
  2. vehemently,
  3. vehicle,
  4. vehicular,
  5. veii,
  6. veiled,
  7. veiledly,
  8. veiling,
  9. veilleuse,
  10. veillonella

Origin of veiled

First recorded in 1585–95; veil + -ed3

Related formsveil·ed·ly [vey-lid-lee] /ˌveɪ lɪd li/, adverbhalf-veiled, adjectivewell-veiled, adjective


[ veyl ]
/ veɪl /


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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for veiled


/ (veɪld) /


disguiseda veiled insult
(of sound, tone, the voice, etc) not distinct; muffled
Derived Formsveiledly (ˈveɪlɪdlɪ), adverb


/ (French vaɪl) /


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


/ (veɪl) /



(tr) to cover, conceal, or separate with or as if with a veil
(intr) to wear or put on a veil
Derived Formsveiler, nounveilless, adjectiveveil-like, adjective

Word Origin for veil

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

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Word Origin and History for veiled
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Medicine definitions for veiled


[ vāl ]



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Science definitions for veiled


[ 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 veiled


see draw a veil over.

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