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Meaning of veil

veil

Pronunciation: (vāl), [key]
— n.
  1. a piece of opaque or transparent material worn over the face for concealment, for protection from the elements, or to enhance the appearance.
  2. a piece of material worn so as to fall over the head and shoulders on each side of the face, forming a part of the headdress of a nun.
  3. the life of a nun, esp. a cloistered life.
  4. something that covers, separates, screens, or conceals: a veil of smoke; the veil of death.
  5. a mask, disguise, or pretense: to find fault under a veil of humor.
  6. a velum.
  7. a membrane that covers the immature mushroom of many fungi and breaks apart as the mushroom expands, leaving distinctive remnants on the cap, stalk, or stalk base.
  8. a caul.
  9. to become a nun.
—v.t.
  1. to cover or conceal with or as with a veil: She veiled her face in black. A heavy fog veiled the shoreline.
  2. to hide the real nature of; mask; disguise: to veil one's intentions.
—v.i.
  1. to don or wear a veil: In certain Islamic countries women must veil.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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