Translation of "veil" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /veɪl/ us /veɪl/

veil noun (COVERING FACE)

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. 仪式过后,新娘撩起面纱亲吻她的丈夫。
The women wore black veils that covered all but their eyes. 那些女人戴着黑色面纱,把除眼睛之外的所有地方都遮住了。
take the veil

A Christian woman who takes the veil becomes a nun.

take/adopt the veil

A Muslim woman who takes or adopts the veil decides to wear traditional Muslim clothing.


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[ S ] literary a thin covering that hides something or stops you from seeing something clearly

The view over the lake was obscured by a veil of mist that hung in the air. 薄雾笼罩下,湖面上的景色看上去模模糊糊的。

C2 [ S ] literary something that prevents you from knowing what is happening

We want to lift the veil of secrecy that surrounds government decisions. 民众已在极力要求政府将部长突然辞职的真相公之于众。
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? 我觉得我们不应再提聚会上发生的任何事,不是吗?


uk /veɪl/ us /veɪl/

veil verb (COVER FACE)

[ 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. 在某些社会里,女性去公共场合就得戴上面纱。

veil verb (HIDE)

[ T ] to hide or cover something so that you cannot see it clearly or understand it

Thick fog veiled the city. 浓雾笼罩着城市。

(Translation of “veil” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)