veil

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
  1. noun
    a garment that covers the head and face
    synonyms: head covering
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    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
    niqab
    a face veil covering the lower part of the face (up to the eyes) worn by observant Muslim women
    type of:
    garment
    an article of clothing
  2. noun
    a vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl
    synonyms: humeral veil
    see moresee less
    type of:
    vestment
    gown (especially ceremonial garments) worn by the clergy
  3. noun
    the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)
    synonyms: caul, embryonic membrane
    see moresee less
    type of:
    fetal membrane
    any membrane that functions for the protection or nourishment or respiration or excretion of a developing fetus
  4. noun
    a membranous covering attached to the immature fruiting body of certain mushrooms
    synonyms: velum
    see moresee less
    types:
    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
    cortina
    a cobwebby partial veil consisting of silky fibrils
    type of:
    plant part, plant structure
    any part of a plant or fungus
  5. verb
    to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil
    see moresee less
    Antonyms:
    unveil
    remove the veil from
    type of:
    conceal, hide
    prevent from being seen or discovered
  6. verb
    make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing
    “a veiled threat”
    synonyms: blot out, hide, obliterate, obscure
    efface, obliterate
    remove completely from recognition or memory
    see moresee less
    types:
    mystify
    make mysterious
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
Word Family