Origin of veiled
- a piece of opaque or transparent material worn over the face for concealment, for protection from the elements, or to enhance the appearance.
- 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.
- the life of a nun, especially a cloistered life.
- something that covers, separates, screens, or conceals: a veil of smoke; the veil of death.
- a mask, disguise, or pretense: to find fault under a veil of humor.
- Botany, Anatomy, Zoology. a velum.
- 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.
- Scot. and North England. a caul.
- 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.
- to don or wear a veil: In certain Islamic countries women must veil.
- take the veil, to become a nun.
Origin of veil
Examples from the Web for veiled
The house version of chicken fried steak is, in fact, pork-fried steak, veiled in panko breadcrumbs under a mantle of gravy.Spaghetti for Breakfast?! Not So Crazy at This Idaho Farm Café
Jane & Michael Stern
August 4, 2014
Each accused their opponent in veiled language of voting fraud.A Time Bomb in Afghanistan’s Ballot Box
May 17, 2014
Another piece complicating all of this is that the Harvard Ad Board is veiled in mystery.Harvard’s Biggest Problem With Sexual Assault Is Harvard Itself
April 4, 2014
“We have rarely seen such images of veiled Muslim women going viral,” Naili told The Daily Beast.Meet the Mipsterz
January 15, 2014
The family and Ms. Yoshimatsu interpreted this a veiled threat.Japan’s Miss International Takes on Mob-Backed Entertainment Complex
December 18, 2013
Mr Verloc intimated in a throaty, veiled murmur that he was no longer young.The Secret Agent
In every litter sat a veiled woman, and the princess was in their midst.
The bride, veiled in a red veil, was led in by two maid-servants.
Veiled as it was by the gathering gloom, she yet could not keep it towards me.Wilfrid Cumbermede
In one, and only one, of all these figures his dignity is veiled in sadness.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
- disguiseda veiled insult
- (of sound, tone, the voice, etc) not distinct; muffled
- Simone (Annie) (simɔn). born 1927, French stateswoman; president of the European Parliament (1979–82): a survivor of Nazi concentration camps
- 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
- part of a nun's headdress falling round the face onto the shoulders
- something that covers, conceals, or separates; maska veil of reticence
- the veil the life of a nun in a religious order and the obligations entailed by it
- take the veil to become a nun
- Also called: velum botany a membranous structure, esp the thin layer of cells connecting the edge of a young mushroom cap with the stipe
- anatomy another word for caul
- See humeral veil
- (tr) to cover, conceal, or separate with or as if with a veil
- (intr) to wear or put on a veil
Word Origin and History for veiled
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.
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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with veiled
see draw a veil over.