Veil - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |veɪl|  American pronunciation of the word veil
Brit.  |veɪl|  British pronunciation of the word veil


- a garment that covers the head and face
- a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms (syn: velum)
- the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth) (syn: caul)
- a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl
- to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil
women in Afghanistan veil their faces
- make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing (syn: blot out, hide, obliterate, obscure)
a veiled threat


Veils of moss draped the trees.

...under the veil of descending darkness the thieves began their operation...

Her eyes were partially veiled by her long, dark hair.

The sun was veiled by clouds.

She lifted her veil with both hands.

A black kerchief modestly veiled her hair.

A fine rain was beginning to veil the hills.

women in Afghanistan veil their faces

...the bride wore a diaphanous veil...

...the gossamer veil seemed to float about the bride as she walked down the aisle...

The bride wore a veil with a beaded headpiece.

...the bride will be wearing a flowing veil fastened to a pearl-covered headpiece...

...wore a veil of netting...

I'd rather draw a veil over what happened last night.

Women are forbidden from going out without a veil.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: veil
he/she/it: veils
present participle: veiling
past tense: veiled
past participle: veiled
singular: veil
plural: veils
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