Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A veil used to cover the head and usually falling behind it, as distinguished from the face-veil: such a veil is an important part of the costume of the wealthier Moslem women.

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Examples

  • “Tarhah” (head-veil) than the face, which is hidden by the “Burke” or nose bag.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • As Almayer burst through the ring of horrified spectators, Mrs. Almayer threw her own head-veil over the upturned face of the drowned man, and, squatting by it, with another mournful howl, sent a shiver through the now silent crowd.

    Almayer's Folly

  • He had put off his cloak, and wore only his white head-veil and white robes: the powerful firelight was reflected by these and by his pale, ravaged face.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • She then by the usual coquettish gesture, threw back an inch or two of head-veil, disclosing broad bands of jetty hair, crowning a lovely oval.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • In vain the lady would reply, with a coquettish movement of the sides, a toss of the head, and a flirting manipulation of her head-veil, “I am mated, O young man!” — it was agreed that she, being

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • She was half-reclining on a broad silken quilt on the floor, clad in her head-veil and bangles — and I'd been looking forward to easing her out of those pants, too.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • She was half-reclining on a broad silken quilt on the floor, clad in her head-veil and bangles - and I'd been looking forward to easing her out of those pants, too.

    Flashman And The Mountain Of Light

  • She was blazing, trembling from her white head-veil all down her shapely sari-wrapped body to her little pearled sandals.

    Flashman In The Great Game

  • Her head-veil and mantle had gone; her under-garments were torn to shreds, leaving exposed the slender body which leaned sideways like a tree which had been struck by lightning.

    The Hawk of Egypt

  • Damaris adjusted the _selva_, the quaint silver kind of tube between the eyebrows which connects the yashmak and the _tarhah_ or head-veil, took a final look in the mirror, and rose.

    The Hawk of Egypt

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