Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A veil worn by Muslim women to cover the face in public.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A veil worn by Muslim women to cover parts of the face when they are in public.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The veil worn by Moslem women in public—that is, when not in their own apartments.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the face veil worn by Muslim women

Etymologies

Turkish yaçmak.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish yaşmak. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Seems to be what you call yashmak or I mean kismet.

    Ulysses

  • The higher the rank the thinner the yashmak is the rule.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876

  • Verity/Hazlitt/Sidgwick, Careful! your yashmak is slipping!

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • I believe that camels have been seen wearing a type of yashmak over their nostrils for the same reason.

    [l'interdiction du burqa] pourrait expédier l'islamicization

  • Lady Hester related this story with great spirit, and I recollect that she put up her yashmak for a moment in order to give me a better idea of the effect which she produced by suddenly revealing the awfulness of her countenance.

    Eothen

  • Her face at the time was covered with the yashmak, according to Eastern usage, but at the moment when the foremost of the horsemen had all but reached her with their spears, she stood up in her stirrups, withdrew the yashmak that veiled the terrors of her countenance, waved her arm slowly and disdainfully, and cried out with a loud voice “Avaunt!”

    Eothen

  • She turns, and turns again, and carefully glances around her on all sides, to see that she is safe from the eyes of Mussulmans, and then suddenly withdrawing the yashmak, 6 she shines upon your heart and soul with all the pomp and might of her beauty.

    Eothen

  • They never, I think, wore the yashmak properly fixed.

    Eothen

  • He had but to pull a cord and a veil would fall before his treasure, concealing it as effectually as an Eastern bride is concealed behind her yashmak.

    Initials Only

  • In public they must wear the yashmak, the heavy veil hiding everything but the eyes, and likewise at home in the presence of any man but father, brother, husband, or son.

    The Boat of a Million Years

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  • ""And what about you?" Simon roared at his wife, who was still frozen beside the computer, her eyes wide behind her glasses, her hand clamped like a yashmak over her mouth."
    The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, p 283

    January 10, 2013

  • "In a mirage of palm trees, the Cicerone said, an opulent Molly makes her apparition in Turkish costume and yashmak."
    The House of Ulysses by Julián Ríos, translated by Nick Caistor, p 217

    December 27, 2010

  • "A white yashmak violet in the night, covers her face, leaving free only her lace dark eyes and raven hair."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 28, 2007