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veil

noun uk   /veɪl/ us  

veil noun (MATERIAL)

C1 [C] a piece of thin material worn by women to cover the face or head: After the ceremony, the bride lifted up her veil to kiss her husband. The women wore black veils which covered all but their eyes.Things worn to cover the head, face or neck take the veil A Christian woman who takes the veil becomes a nun.Religious practicesMonks and nuns take/adopt the veil A Muslim woman who takes or adopts the veil decides to wear traditional Muslim clothing.IslamReligious practices

veil noun (UNCLEAR)

[S] literary a thin covering of something, which you can see through, but not very clearly: The view over the lake was obscured by a veil of mist that hung in the air.Coverings and layers C2 [S] literary something that prevents you from knowing what is happening: The government has been urged to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the minister's unexpected resignation.Hiding and disguising draw a veil over sth literary to not talk any more about a subject because it could cause trouble or embarrassment: I think we should draw a veil over everything that happened at the party, don't you?Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much

veil

verb uk   /veɪl/ us  

veil verb (MATERIAL)

[T often passive] to cover something, especially the face or body, with a veil: In some societies, women are expected to be veiled when they go out in public.Covering and adding layers

veil verb (HIDE)

[T] to hide or cover something so that you cannot see it clearly: Thick fog veiled the city.Hiding and disguising
(Definition of veil from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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