veil
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French veil, veille, from Latin vela, plural of velum sail, awning, curtain Date: 13th century 1. a. a length of cloth worn by women as a covering for the head and shoulders and often especially in Eastern countries for the face; specifically the outer covering of a nun's headdress b. a length of veiling or netting worn over the head or face or attached for protection or ornament to a hat or headdress <
a bridal veil
>
c. any of various liturgical cloths; especially a cloth used to cover the chalice 2. the life of a nun — often used in the phrase take the veil 3. a concealing curtain or cover of cloth 4. something that resembles a veil <
a veil of stars
>
; especially something that hides or obscures like a veil <
lift the veil of secrecy
>
5. a covering body part or membrane: as a. velum b. caul II. verb Date: 14th century transitive verb to cover, provide, obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil intransitive verb to put on or wear a veil

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  • Veil — (v[=a]l), n. [OE. veile, OF. veile, F. voile, L. velum a sail, covering, curtain, veil, probably fr. vehere to bear, carry, and thus originally, that which bears the ship on. See {Vehicle}, and cf. {Reveal}.] [Written also {vail}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • veil — [vāl] n. [ME veile, veil, sail, curtain < NormFr < L vela, neut. pl., taken as fem., of velum, sail, cloth, curtain < IE base * weg , to weave, attach, a textile > OIr figim, I weave, OE wecca, wick] 1. a piece of light fabric, as of… …   English World dictionary

  • veil — ► NOUN 1) a piece of fine material worn to protect or conceal the face. 2) a piece of fabric forming part of a nun s headdress, resting on the head and shoulders. 3) a thing that conceals, disguises, or obscures. ► VERB 1) cover with or as if… …   English terms dictionary

  • Veil — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Hans Jürgen Veil (* 1946), deutscher Ringer Rüdiger Veil (* 1966), deutscher Rechtswissenschaftler Simone Veil (* 1927), französische Ministerin, Europapolitikerin und Parlamentspräsidentin Theodor Veil… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • VEIL — VEIL, covering for the face. In the Bible there are several terms usually translated as veil. However, the exact connotation for these terms is not known, and they may refer to other garments used to cover the face as well. The term צָעִיף is… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Veil — Veil, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Veiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Veiling}.] [Cf. OF. veler, F. voiler, L. velarc. See {Veil}, n.] [Written also {vail}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil. [1913 Webster] Her face was veiled; yet to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • veil — I noun camouflage, cloak, cloud, concealment, cover, covering, curtain, guise, involucrum, integumentum, mantle, mask, pall, protection, screen, shade, shelter, shield, shroud, visor, vizard associated concepts: pierce the corporate veil II in …   Law dictionary

  • veil — [n] disguise blind, cloak, coloring, cover, curtain, facade, false front, film, front, guise, mantilla, mask, screen, shade, shroud, veiling; concepts 451,673 veil [v] hide beard*, blanket, camouflage, cloak, conceal, cover, cover up, curtain*,… …   New thesaurus

  • veil — of appearance …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Veil —   [vɛj], Simone Annie, französische Politikerin, * Nizza 13. 7. 1927; Juristin; 1944 45 in den KZ Auschwitz und Bergen Belsen inhaftiert; ab 1957 im Justizministerium tätig, 1970 74 als erste Frau Generalsekretärin des Conseil Supérieur de la… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • veil — vb *cover, overspread, envelop, wrap, shroud Analogous words: mask, cloak, camouflage, *disguise: conceal, *hide, secrete, screen …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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