American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A loose, usually black robe worn by Muslim women, especially in Arabic-speaking regions, covering the body from head to toe and often worn with a headscarf and veil.
- n. (Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
- From Arabic عباية. (Wiktionary)
- Colloquial Arabic 'abāya, from Arabic 'abā'a, variant of 'abā', aba. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A small minority of Muslim women in certain parts of the world wear what is known as the abaya (black cloak) and the niqab (face veil).”
“Pinned to the abaya was a message that read, “She was a collaborator against Islam.””
“State Department guidelines note, for example, that the religious police can "pressure women to wear" the full-length black covering known as an abaya, "and to cover their heads.”
“The abaya is a long over-garment essentially a robe-like dress with black as the most predominant color among Muslim women.”
“While the women have to wear a long, black cloak known as abaya in public, they are often in resplendent gowns at elaborate high-society functions and weddings.”
“ in which a man disguised as a women – i.e., dressed in a traditional black, full-body covering called the abaya – stalks women and enters their homes.”
“The man held up an 'abaya', a black cloak-like garment some females choose to wear, and pointed at the shivering girl.”
“At the end of the so-called glorious July war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006, a woman desperate in meeting her lord almighty contacted and begged his fellow servants to be given the "abaya" worn by Sayed Hassan Nasrallah.”
“Saunders said her cultural experiences were varied - she was advised by hotel staff not to walk to a nearby ATM, even though wearing the women's traditional "abaya" robe because she was alone.”
“The abaya policy in Saudi Arabia and the wearing of the Muslim headscarf in a war zone in Afghanistan are cut from this same flawed thinking.”
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