Definition of burka in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbərkə/
(also burkha, burqa)


A long, loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet, worn in public by many Muslim women.
Example sentences
  • Hindu women wear the sari, while their Muslim counterparts wear the burqa in public, a long black or white garment that covers them from head to foot and has a veil.
  • Covered from head to foot in a burka - a traditional Muslim garment - I crossed the border and stepped onto the road to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.
  • Orthodox Muslim women cover themselves from head to foot in the tent-like burqa, the long garment that covers them from head to toe.


Urdu and Persian burḳa῾, from Arabic burḳu῾.

Words that rhyme with burka

circa, Gurkha, jerker, lurker, mazurka, shirker, smirker, worker

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Syllabification: bur·ka

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