Definition of burka in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəːkə/
Pronunciation: /ˈbʊrkɑː/
(also burkha, burqa)


A long, loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet, worn in public by women in many Muslim countries.
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.


From Urdu and Persian burqa‘, from Arabic burqu‘.

Words that rhyme with burka

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

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