Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A loose, usually black or light blue outer garment worn by Muslim women that covers the head and face and sometimes the entire body.

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  • noun Alternative form of burka.

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  • noun a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan

Etymologies

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

[Hindi burqā and Urdu burqa‘, from Arabic burqa‘, veil, variant of burqu‘; see pqע in Semitic roots.]

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  • Blue in Afghanistan. See also chador for overall billowing cover, and niqab for the faceveil.

    December 30, 2008