veil

{{11}}veil (n.) early 13c., from Anglo-French and O.N.Fr. veil (O.Fr. voile) "a head-covering," also "a sail," from L. vela, pl. of velum "sail, curtain, covering," from PIE root *weg- "to weave." Vela was mistaken in Vulgar Latin for a feminine singular noun. To take the veil "become a nun" is attested from early 14c.
{{12}}veil (v.) late 14c., from O.Fr. veler, voiller, from L. velare "to cover, veil," from velum (see VEIL (Cf. veil) (n.)). Figurative sense of "to conceal" (something immaterial) is recorded from 1530s. Related: Veiled; veiling.

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  • VEIL (S.) — VEIL SIMONE (1927 ) Fille d’un architecte, Simone Jacob est née à Nice. Sa vie va être complètement bouleversée par la guerre. En mars 1944 alors qu’elle est en train de passer son baccalauréat, la jeune fille qui n’a que dix sept ans est arrêtée …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Veil — (v[=a]l), n. [OE. veile, OF. veile, F. voile, L. velum a sail, covering, curtain, veil, probably fr. vehere to bear, carry, and thus originally, that which bears the ship on. See {Vehicle}, and cf. {Reveal}.] [Written also {vail}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • veil — /veɪl / (say vayl) noun 1. a piece of material worn over the head and face, as that worn over the head and shoulders by some Muslim women to conceal the face. 2. a piece of material worn over the head and sometimes the face as an adornment, or to …   Australian English dictionary

  • veil — [vāl] n. [ME veile, veil, sail, curtain < NormFr < L vela, neut. pl., taken as fem., of velum, sail, cloth, curtain < IE base * weg , to weave, attach, a textile > OIr figim, I weave, OE wecca, wick] 1. a piece of light fabric, as of… …   English World dictionary

  • veil — ► NOUN 1) a piece of fine material worn to protect or conceal the face. 2) a piece of fabric forming part of a nun s headdress, resting on the head and shoulders. 3) a thing that conceals, disguises, or obscures. ► VERB 1) cover with or as if… …   English terms dictionary

  • Veil — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Hans Jürgen Veil (* 1946), deutscher Ringer Rüdiger Veil (* 1966), deutscher Rechtswissenschaftler Simone Veil (* 1927), französische Ministerin, Europapolitikerin und Parlamentspräsidentin Theodor Veil… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • VEIL — VEIL, covering for the face. In the Bible there are several terms usually translated as veil. However, the exact connotation for these terms is not known, and they may refer to other garments used to cover the face as well. The term צָעִיף is… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Veil — Veil, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Veiled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Veiling}.] [Cf. OF. veler, F. voiler, L. velarc. See {Veil}, n.] [Written also {vail}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil. [1913 Webster] Her face was veiled; yet to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • veil — [veɪl] noun [C] 1) a thin piece of cloth worn over a woman s head or face 2) a layer of something such as rain that prevents you from seeing very far 3) a lack of knowledge or information that prevents you from discovering the truth a veil of… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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