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"veil" in British English

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veilnoun

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. The women wore black veils that covered all but their eyes.
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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  • veil noun (HIDING SOMETHING)

[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.
C2 [S] literary something that prevents you from knowing what is happening: We want to lift the veil of secrecy that surrounds government decisions.
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?

veilverb

uk   /veɪl/  us   /veɪl/
(Definition of veil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"veil" in American English

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veilnoun [C]

 us   /veɪl/
a piece of thin material worn to protect or hide the face or head: The bride wore a veil made of French lace. fig. A veil of secrecy surrounded the appointment of the new college president.
veil
verb [T]  us   /veɪl/
In that country, women are veiled when they go out in public.
(Definition of veil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “veil”
in Korean 면사포, 베일…
in Arabic حِجاب…
in Malaysian vel, tudung, purdah…
in French voile…
in Russian вуаль…
in Chinese (Traditional) 材料, 面紗, 面罩…
in Italian velo…
in Turkish peçe, duvak…
in Polish welon, woalka…
in Spanish velo…
in Vietnamese mạng che mặt, khăn trùm đầu…
in Portuguese véu…
in Thai ผ้าคลุมหน้า หรือศีรษะ…
in German der Schleier…
in Catalan vel…
in Japanese ベール…
in Chinese (Simplified) 材料, 面纱, 面罩…
in Indonesian cadar…
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