1a piece of fine material worn by women to protect or conceal the face:a white bridal veil
a piece of fabric forming part of a nun’s headdress, resting on the head and shoulders.
a thing that conceals, disguises, or obscures something:shrouded in an eerie veil of mist
(in Jewish antiquity) the piece of precious cloth separating the sanctuary from the body of the Temple or the Tabernacle.
2 Botany a membrane which is attached to the immature fruiting body of some toadstools and ruptures in the course of development, either ( universal veil) enclosing the whole fruiting body or ( partial veil) joining the edges of the cap to the stalk.
cover with or as if with a veil:she veiled her face
(usually as adjective veiled) partially conceal, disguise, or obscure:a thinly veiled threat
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 veil
draw a veil over
avoid discussing or calling attention to (something embarrassing or unpleasant):I will draw a veil over the cheerless days that followed
take the veil
become a nun.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French veil(e), from Latin vela, plural of velum(see velum)