hijab

A hijab is a head covering scarf that some Muslim women wear in public. For many such women, the hijab signifies both modesty and privacy.

In some cases, the hijab is worn by a woman when she's with men who aren't in her own family. For other Muslims, it's equally important to wear a hijab in the presence of non-Muslims, including women. Still other practicing Muslims choose not to wear a hijab at all. The word hijab is Persian, from the Arabic ḥajaba, or "veil."

Definitions of hijab
  1. noun
    a headscarf worn by Muslim women; conceals the hair and neck and usually has a face veil that covers the face
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    type of:
    headscarf
    a kerchief worn over the head and tied under the chin
  2. noun
    the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home
    “she observes the hijab and does not wear tight clothing”
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    type of:
    custom, usage, usance
    accepted or habitual practice
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