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

  • n. A loose, usually black or light blue robe that is worn by Muslim women, especially in Afghanistan, and that covers the body from head to toe.

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  • n. Alternative form of burka.

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


Hindi burqā, from Arabic burqa', veil, variant of burqu', from barqa'a, to veil.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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

    December 30, 2008