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  • n. A veil which covers the face, worn by some Muslim women as a part of sartorial hijab.

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  • n. a face veil covering the lower part of the face (up to the eyes) worn by observant Muslim women


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From Arabic نقاب (niqāb).



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  • A face veil used by some observant Muslim women, leaving only the eyes uncovered. The niqab itself is a small piece of cloth tied on over the headscarf (often known as the hijab, although this word is more accurately translated as "modesty"); cf the burqa, an all-in-one tent-like garment brought to Western attention via Afghanistan. The niqab is particularly prevalent in Arab countries. It is almost invariably black, and is worn with a chador (a loose overgarment) and, often, gloves.

    December 30, 2008