Definition of veil in English:
- The simple veil headpiece works great with elaborate bridal gowns since the veil does not detract from the overall look.
- Women wear long dresses with embroidered bodices and side panels, and tall hats with long white veils.
- Black party hats with veils made of black pantyhose or some other translucent material can also be made.
- I looked up at the beautiful, full moon, partially obscured by a thin veil of mist, and found what I was looking for.
- If successful, Stardust will become only the third spacecraft to capture such a close view of the dark heart of a comet, normally obscured by a bright veil of dust and gas.
- Tessa was driving, squinting through the veil of rain that obscured all vision not 50 yards ahead.
- And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
- Jesus' death was immediately followed by the veil of the temple being tom in two, from top to bottom.
- Hebrews revisits two emphases from recent weeks: the new covenant and the sanctuary veil.
- Extending from the stem to the margin of the cap, and covering the gills, is the partial veil - a membranaceous, white texture of varying thickness.
- The English name refers to the gossamer veil which protects the gills when the cap is in its unexpanded state, and which bears some resemblance to a spider's web.
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- Unexpectedly, a cover of sadness veiled her eyes and her voice took a gloomy turn.
- In each work, the encrusted outer coating veils a delicate drama of line, light and shadow that takes place just beneath the surface.
- Stephens veils the pastoral subjects with milky washes that streak the surface, and a brown glaze that drips languorously down it.
- Its mention of ‘high-profile cases’ was a thinly veiled reference to Andrew.
- So far it looks like a thinly veiled threat to drag the process out in legalistic wranglings.
- During his brief stop, Howard issued two thinly veiled threats.
Our word veil is from Latin vela, plural of velum ‘sail, covering, veil’. The first uses refer to the headdress of a nun, and take the veil, or become a nun, appears about a hundred years later. Christian brides have worn veils since around the 3rd century, taking the custom from ancient Rome. The expression beyond the veil, ‘in a mysterious or hidden state or place’, comes from the Bible. In ancient times the veil was the piece of precious cloth separating the innermost sanctuary from the rest of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The idea soon developed of this cloth representing a barrier between this life and the unknown state of existence after death, giving rise to the current phrase. To draw a veil over something dates from the early 18th century, and is the opposite of reveal (Late Middle English) which comes from Latin revelare ‘lay bare’ in the sense of ‘lifting the veil’.
beyond the veil
- In a mysterious or hidden place or state, especially the unknown state of life after death: Billy realized that his father had passed irrevocably beyond the veilMore example sentences
- Why do we continue to find it so difficult to see beyond the veil of race?
- The Ghost made eye contact with no one and offered not one single wisdom from beyond the veil.
- You know, I believe that a lot of paranormal experiences are definitely due to interdimensional glimpses and interaction between our energies and those beyond the veil of this dimension.
draw a veil over
- Avoid discussing or calling attention to (something embarrassing or unpleasant): I will draw a veil over the cheerless days that followedMore example sentences
- Anyone can have an off day, and we'll draw a veil over which one of us it was.
- Mr Khatami unintentionally drew a veil over a system that everyone knows is terrible.
- After a humiliating pasting at the by-election earlier this year, where they didn't just lose the MSP seat but slumped into third place, one would have thought Labour would have been keen to draw a veil over a memorably inept campaign.
take the veil
- Become a nun.Example sentences
- As it happened, her friend and counselor there, Mother Dolores, was none other than former actress Dolores Hart, the fresh-faced beauty who had given Elvis Presley his first screen kiss in ‘Loving You ‘before taking the veil.’
- But the way some women go on, you'd think getting married was a combination of taking the veil - all that noble self-denying sacrifice - and volunteering for lifelong char lady status.
- Does she still want to take the veil / And clothe herself in white and grey?
- Example sentences
- Those hoodless and veilless are bald or white haired, to a woman, to a man.
- Three women who were caught veilless were bound to stakes and exposed to a pious mob which threw stones until the women died.
- Others, clad in stylish jeans and leather jackets stand in front of the stage, drinking bootleg liquor and swaying to the music along with their veilless girlfriends.
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