What is veil?

  • (noun): The inner embryonic membrane of higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth).
    Synonyms: caul, embryonic membrane
    See also — Additional definitions below


A veil is an article of clothing, worn almost exclusively by women, that is intended to cover some part of the head or face.

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Some articles on veil:

Bridalveil - Veils For Men
... women do not traditionally wear the veil, while men do ... Men begin wearing a veil at age 25 which conceals their entire face excluding their eyes ... This veil is never removed, even in front of family members ...
Corporate Law In The United States - Incorporation - Piercing The Veil
... See also Piercing the corporate veil Berkey v ... Cardozo J decides there was no right to pierce the veil for a personal injury victim Walkovszky v ... York Court of Appeals refused to pierce the veil merely because a subsidiary was undercapitalised ...
Smog Veil Records
... Smog Veil Records is a Chicago, IL based independent record label ... In addition to standard CD, DVD, and vinyl distribution, Smog Veil all distributes its media via the digital channels, including Napster and iTunes ...
List Of Marvel Comics Characters: V - Veil
... Further reading Veil is a codename used by three people in the Marvel Comics universe ... At the series' conclusion, Veil was sent back home to high school to live as a normal student, avoiding the events of Avengers Arena ...
Veil - Etymology
... "Veil" came from Latin vēlum, which also means "sail" ... There are two theories about the origin of the word vēlum- Via the "covering" meaning, from (Indo-European root) *wel- = "to cover, to enclose" ...

More definitions of "veil":

  • (verb): To obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil.
    Example: "Women in Afghanistan veil their faces"
  • (noun): A vestment worn by a priest at High Mass in the Roman Catholic Church; a silk shawl.
    Synonyms: humeral veil
  • (noun): A garment that covers the head and face.
    Synonyms: head covering

Famous quotes containing the word veil:

    If the veil were withdrawn from the sanctuary of domestic life, and man could look upon the fear, the loathing, the detestations which his tyranny and reckless gratification of self has caused to take the place of confiding love, which placed a woman in his power, he would shudder at the hideous wrong of the present regulations of the domestic abode.
    Lydia Jane Pierson, U.S. women’s rights activist and corresponding editor of The Woman’s Advocate. The Woman’s Advocate, represented in The Lily, pp. 117-8 (1855-1858 or 1860)

    I shall have the veil withdrawn and be allowed to gaze unblinded on the narrow limits of my own possibilities.
    Beatrice Potter Webb (1858–1943)

    [Montesquieu] lifted the veil from the venerable errors which enslaved opinion, and pointed the way to those luminous truths of which he had but a glimpse himself.
    James Madison (1751–1836)