Borrowed from Anglo-Norman, from Old Northern French veil (Francien Old French voil, French voile), Latin vēlum. Displaced Middle English scleire, scleyre, sleyre, slyre (“veil”). Compare Spanish vela (“sail”).
veil (plural veils)
- Something hung up or spread out to hide or protect the face, or hide an object from view; usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphanous material.
- A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
- The calyptra of mosses.
- A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; a velum.
- A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul (especially over the head)
- (zoology) velum (A circular membrane round the cap of medusa)
- (mycology) A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.
- An obscuration of the clearness of the tones in pronunciation.
veil (third-person singular simple present veils, present participle veiling, simple past and past participle veiled)
- (transitive) To dress in, or decorate with, a veil.
- (transitive) To conceal as with a veil.