Definitions

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

  • noun A long headscarf worn by Muslim women, typically gathered or fastened under the chin and covering the body to a variable length.

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  • noun A long veil worn by Muslim women as part of hijab.

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  • noun a headscarf worn by observant Muslim women that hangs down to just above the waist

Etymologies

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

[Arabic ḫimār, covering, from ḫamara, to cover, conceal; see ḫmr in Semitic roots.]

Examples

  • The 31st verse of the 24th chapter of the Qur'an mentions the word khimar, which unequivocally means a veil covering the head, according to the agreed upon definition by the majority of classical commentators.

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  • The 31st verse of the 24th chapter of the Qur'an mentions the word khimar, which unequivocally means a veil covering the head, according to the agreed upon definition by the majority of classical commentators.

    altmuslim

  • The three women -- a nurse, an intake specialist and a correctional officer -- sought an exception to a 2005 policy, arguing they had worn a head covering known as a khimar before the new dress code was instituted.

    Appeals Court Sides With Prison In Headscarf Case

  • The three women -- a nurse, an intake specialist and a correctional officer -- sought an exception to a 2005 policy, arguing they had worn a head covering known as a khimar before the new dress code was instituted.

    Appeals Court Sides With Prison In Headscarf Case

  • The khimar is a long, cape-like veil that hangs down to just above the waist.

    BBC News - Home

  • In a memo to her commanding officer, Webb said her religion required that she cover her hair and requested permission to wear a headpiece called a khimar -- a traditional garment worn by Muslim women that covers the hair, forehead, sides of the head, neck, shoulders and chest, and sometimes extends down to the waist.

    Law.com - Newswire

  • Below, a group of girls wearing the khimar, a more conservative form of veiled covering, along Alexandria's waterfront.

    A Tale of Two Alexandrias

  • When she refused to comply, the Essex County Department of Corrections DOC first suspended and then fired her—the khimar was not part of the uniform, and corrections officers were expected to conform to uniform policy.

    Post-American Presidency

  • Beshier was a corrections officer, and had been forbidden to wear her khimar, or headscarf, while working.

    Post-American Presidency

  • Beshier was a corrections officer, and had been forbidden to wear her khimar, or headscarf, while working.

    Post-American Presidency

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