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Definition veil


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)

  1. 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.
  2. A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
  3. The calyptra of mosses.
  4. A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; a velum.
  5. A covering for a person or thing; as, a caul (especially over the head)
  6. (zoology) velum (A circular membrane round the cap of medusa)
  7. (mycology) A thin layer of tissue which is attached to or covers a mushroom.
  8. 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)

  1. (transitive) To dress in, or decorate with, a veil.
  2. (transitive) To conceal as with a veil.

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