Definition of hijab in English:


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Pronunciation: /hɪˈdʒɑːb


  • 1A head covering worn in public by some Muslim women.
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    • The French Assembly is wrong to ban Muslim headscarves, the hijab, in public schools.
    • The ban will likely include large Christian crosses, Jewish yarmulkes, Muslim hijabs and turbans worn by Sikhs.
    • Just as police officers are more professionally aware while in uniform, so I had a stronger sense of being a Muslim wearing my hijab.
  • 1.1The religious code which governs the wearing of the hijab.
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    • Violating the hijab code was made punishable by 100 lashes of the cane and six months imprisonment.
    • Today, the figure-obscuring dress code known as hijab remains the Revolution's most visible and enduring legacy.
    • One suggestion that occurs repeatedly is that Islam does not require Muslim women to observe hijab or veil.


from Persian, from Arabic ḥajaba 'to veil'.

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