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veil

noun uk   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: The government has been urged to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding the minister's unexpected resignation.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?

veil

verb uk   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.

veil verb (HIDE)

[T] to hide or cover something so that you cannot see it clearly or understand it: Thick fog veiled the city.
Translations of “veil”
in Arabic حِجاب…
in Korean 면사포, 베일…
in Malaysian vel, tudung, purdah…
in French voile…
in Turkish peçe, duvak…
in Italian velo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 材料, 面紗, 面罩…
in Russian вуаль…
in Polish welon, woalka…
in Vietnamese mạng che mặt, khăn trùm đầu…
in Spanish velo…
in Portuguese véu…
in Thai ผ้าคลุมหน้า หรือศีรษะ…
in German der Schleier…
in Catalan vel…
in Japanese ベール…
in Indonesian cadar…
in Chinese (Simplified) 材料, 面纱, 面罩…
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