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Definition of veil noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    veil

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    noun
    BrE BrE//veɪl//
     
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  1. 1 a covering of very thin transparent material worn, especially by women, to protect or hide the face, or as part of a hat, etc. a bridal veil
  2. 2 a piece of cloth worn by nuns over the head and shoulders
  3. 3[singular] (formal) something that stops you from learning the truth about a situation Their work is carried out behind a veil of secrecy. It would be better to draw a veil over what happened next (= not talk about it).
  4. 4[singular] (formal) a thin layer that stops you from seeing something The mountain tops were hidden beneath a veil of mist.
  5. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French veil(e), from Latin vela, plural of velum ‘sail, curtain, covering, veil’.Extra examples A veil covered her face. He couldn’t see anything through the veil of cloud. I couldn’t see her face behind the veil. I’ll draw a discreet veil over the rest of the proceedings. It would be better to draw a veil over what happened next. The bridal veil was fringed with lace. The government has decided to lift the veil on its plans. The work is carried out behind a veil of secrecy. to take the veilIdioms (old-fashioned) to become a nun
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