veil

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman, Old Northern French veile (compare modern French voile), from Latin vēla, nominative plural of vēlum.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)

Noun[edit]

veil (plural veils)

  1. Something hung up, or spread out, to hide an object from view; usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphanous material, to hide or protect the face.
    • Bible, Matthew xxvii. 51
      The veil of the temple was rent in twain.
    • Milton
      She, as a veil down to the slender waist, / Her unadorned golden tresses wore.
  2. A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
    • Shakespeare
      [I will] pluck the borrowed veil of modesty from the so seeming Mistress Page.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence. p. 4.
      Beckett complains that "in the forest of symbols" there is never quiet, and longs to break through the veil of language to silence.
  3. The calyptra of mosses.
  4. A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.
  5. A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul; a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil; a Moslem veil.
  6. (zoology) velum (A circular membrane round the cap of medusa)
  7. (mycology) A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.

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Verb[edit]

veil (third-person singular simple present veils, present participle veiling, simple past and past participle veiled)

  1. To don, or garb with, a veil.
  2. To conceal as with a veil.
    The forest fire was veiled by smoke, but I could hear it clearly.

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Verb[edit]

veil

  1. first-person singular present indicative of veilen
  2. imperative of veilen

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