Meaning of “veil” in the English Dictionary

"veil" in English

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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.
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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[ 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?


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.
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)