Definitions

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

  • n. A loose, usually black robe worn by Muslim women that covers the body from head to toe.

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  • n. A loose robe, made from a single cloth, worn as a combination head covering, veil and shawl by Muslim women, especially in Iran.

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

  • n. a cloth used as a head covering (and veil and shawl) by Muslim and Hindu women

Etymologies

Urdu chādar, cover, cloth, from Persian, screen, tent, from Sanskrit chattram, screen, parasol; see chuddar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Persian چادر (čâdor), from Sanskrit छत्त्र (chattra) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • More than a hundred women were gathered in a dimly lit hall at the main United Nations compound in Farah, standing before me covered in the black veil, or chador, that is so common in western Afghanistan.

    A Woman Among Warlords

  • (Memo to Western feminists who think the chador is a problem: investigate this issue).

    Seth Greenland: Limbo is in Limbo

  • You get the chador, which is a veil that goes down like this.

    Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East: The Egyptian Experience

  • Javanfekr wrote in an official publication that the practice of women wearing a head-to-toe black covering known as a chador was not originally an Iranian practice but was imported.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • First key step to ban the burqa in Belgium - F24 100331 www. france24.com A Guide to the different types of veil: The CHADOR: A traditional garment mostly used in rural Iran, the chador is a full-length semicircle of fabric open down the front, which is thrown over the head and held tightly below the chin The HIJAB: A scarf that covers the hair, ears and neck only, leaving the face visible.

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  • She is a former revolutionary, an artist, a writer, a women's rights activist, a professor, and a devout Muslim whose Facebook page declares, "my chador is my flag of freedom and belief."

    open Democracy News Analysis - Comments

  • My brother, who converted to Islam and lives in Germany, uses the word 'chador' (am I writing that right?).

    Don't Hate Her Because She's Beautiful ... and Wears a ... Tudung

  • All women should wear the 'chador', the full-length traditional veil.

    Australian Islamist Monitor

  • Then he pointed to a group of women wearing the black "chador" and asked, "Why are all these women clad in black shrouds?

    Islam: Myth and Reality

  • Religious women in Iran, whether they wear a chador or not, tend to at least some basic elements of beauty.

    Shirin Sadeghi: Women and Style in Iran

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  • Wordnet is not accurate, or certainly not complete. "Chador" is mainly used for the all-covering outergarment, usually black, worn by certain observant Muslim women. It is prevalent in Arab countries. It is often worn with a niqab (faceveil) and gloves. Compare with burqa.

    December 30, 2008