Origin of veiling
- 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
Related Words for veilingshroud, mask, cloak, curtain, enclose, enfold, blind, guise, coloring, screen, cover, facade, shade, front, film, mantilla, shield, mantle, whitewash
Examples from the Web for veiling
Historical Examples of veiling
I had seen the bones of my own hand through the veiling flesh.The Bacillus of Beauty
"I am just wondering whether I have outgrown my nun's veiling," she said simply.Nell, of Shorne Mills
The thunders continued, the smoke drifted heavily, veiling all movements.The Long Roll
Veiling our faces, we must take silently the hand of Duty to follow her.The Biglow Papers
James Russell Lowell
All the sky was smoke, veiling the upper end of the valley and of the ridge.Pluck on the Long Trail
Edwin L. Sabin
- a veil or the fabric used for veils
- 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 for veil
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.
see draw a veil over.