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Etymology 1[edit]

From hijab +‎ -i.


hijabi (plural hijabis)

  1. A person, usually a woman, who wears a hijab.
    • 2008, Saba Alvi, An Analysis of how Hijabi Youth Experience Social Activities in Ottawa Secondary Schools →ISBN
      The findings and implications of this study have been categorized into themes in order to illustrate the essence of how hijabi youth experience social activities in Ottawa secondary schools.
    • 2011, Farheen Khan, From Behind the Veil: A Hijabi's Journey to Happiness →ISBN
    • 2014, Nitin Agarwal, Online Collective Action, →ISBN, page 219:
      [] state that their motivation for blogging is to promote Islamic-appropriate dress, modest fashion options, and pride in the American hijabi identity. They blog to share ideas about designing couture that is both fashionable and modest, []
    • 2014, Shabana Mir, Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life, →ISBN:
      Almost all hijabis I encountered—except Intisar, Elizabeth, Sharmila, and Muna—were chic hijabis typically garbed in attractive, elegant, yet modest ensembles.


Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Hausa hijabi, from Arabic حِجَاب(ḥijāb).


hijabi (plural hijabis)

  1. (chiefly in a West African context) Alternative form of hijab.
    • 1999, Civil Society and the Political Imagination in Africa →ISBN, page 239:
      Unlike sheer veils that hug shoulders suggestively and espouse their wearer's movements gracefully, the stiff brocade of the hijabi hides a woman's upper torso so completely as to render impossible the definition of her body contours.
    • 2009, Adeline Masquelier, Women and Islamic Revival in a West African Town, →ISBN, page 228:
      As an example of the way dress functions as “public display” (LeBlanc 2000:448), the hijabi is worn when going out— whether on top of one's “good clothes” or over one's everyday faded clothes. One would not wear a hijabi to attend a []
    • 2013, African Dress: Fashion, Agency, Performance →ISBN, page 97:
      [] if I waited for it to dry I would be wasting my time. So I asked if there was anyone in the house who had a hijabi. There was not one, except a []



Borrowed from Arabic حِجَاب(ḥijāb).


hìjābī̀ m (possessed form hìjābìn)

  1. hijab (custom of wearing a veil)
  2. hijab (veil)