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 Ḽajaba, or "veil."

Definitions of hijab

n a headscarf worn by Muslim women; conceals the hair and neck and usually has a face veil that covers the face

Type of:
a kerchief worn over the head and tied under the chin

n the custom in some Islamic societies of women dressing modestly outside the home

“she observes the hijab and does not wear tight clothing”
Type of:
custom, usage, usance
accepted or habitual practice

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