A veil is a cloth covering the head and face, mostly worn by women. Wedding veils are drawn back when the groom hears, "Now you may kiss the bride." (Or else the groom gets a gauzy mouthful.)

This is a technical term for part of an embryo or mushroom, but it’s usually a covering for the head and face. Priests wear veils during certain Catholic ceremonies, and a grieving widow might wear a veil at her husband's funeral. To veil also means to conceal something. You could veil your attempt to steal some cookies by turning the TV up loud as a distraction. When something — like a lie — is "thinly veiled," people can see right through it.

Definitions of veil

n a garment that covers the head and face

head covering
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chadar, chaddar, chador, chuddar
a cloth used as a head covering (and veil and shawl) by Muslim and Hindu women
face veil
a piece of more-or-less transparent material that covers the face
yashmac, yashmak
the face veil worn by Muslim women
a face veil covering the lower part of the face (up to the eyes) worn by observant Muslim women
Type of:
an article of clothing

n a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl

humeral veil
Type of:
gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy

n the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)

caul, embryonic membrane
Type of:
fetal membrane
any membrane that functions for the protection or nourishment or respiration or excretion of a developing fetus

n a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms

universal veil
membrane initially completely investing the young sporophore of various mushrooms that is ruptured by growth; represented in the mature mushroom by a volva around lower part of stem and scales on upper surface of the cap
partial veil
membrane of the young sporophore of various mushrooms extending from the margin of the cap to the stem and is ruptured by growth; represented in mature mushroom by an annulus around the stem and sometimes a cortina on the margin of the cap
a cobwebby partial veil consisting of silky fibrils
Type of:
plant part, plant structure
any part of a plant or fungus

v to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil

“women in Afghanistan veil their faces”
remove the veil from
Type of:
conceal, hide
prevent from being seen or discovered

v make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing

“a veiled threat”
blot out, hide, obliterate, obscure
efface, obliterate
remove completely from recognition or memory
make mysterious
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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