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Pronunciation: /veɪl/

Translation of veil in Spanish:


  • 1.1 [Clothing/Indumentaria] velo (masculine) bridal veil velo de novia to take the veil [Religion/Religión] tomar el hábito or el velo
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (cover) velo (masculine) a veil of mist [literary/literario] un velo or un halo de bruma a veil of secrecy surrounds the affair el asunto está envuelto en el mayor secreto to draw a veil over sth correr or echar un (tupido) velo sobre algo
    Example sentences
    • 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.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (cover with a veil) to veil one's face/head taparse or cubrirse* con un velo, velarse [literary/literario] the hills were veiled in mist [literary/literario] un velo or un halo de bruma envolvía las montañas 1.2 [facts/truth] velar, ocultar; [feelings] disimular, ocultar

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