- 1A piece of fine material worn by women to protect or conceal the face: a white bridal veilMore 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.
- 1.1A piece of fabric forming part of a nun’s headdress, resting on the head and shoulders.More example sentences
- And the nuns had black uniforms and black and white veils, which disguised their faces and covered their hair.
- 1.2A thing that conceals, disguises, or obscures something: shrouded in an eerie veil of mistMore 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.
- 1.3(In Jewish antiquity) the piece of precious cloth separating the sanctuary from the body of the Temple or the Tabernacle.More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.More example sentences
- 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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- 1Cover with or as if with a veil: she veiled her faceMore example sentences
envelop, surround, swathe, enfold, cover, cover up, conceal, hide, secrete, camouflage, disguise, mask, screen, shield, cloak, blanket, shroud, enwrap, canopy, overlay; obscure, shade, shadow, eclipse, cloud, blot out, block out, blank out, obliterate, overshadow• rare obnubilate
- 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.
- 1.1 (usually as adjective veiled) Partially conceal, disguise, or obscure: a thinly veiled threatMore example sentences
- 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.
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.More 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?
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- 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.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French veil(e), from Latin vela, plural of velum (see velum).