Definition of 'veil'

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Example sentences containing 'veil'

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The steam cools my face like a veil of English dew. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Something to do with thinly veiled social inadequacy, childhood and shame. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She wore a long cream veil and her hair long in soft waves. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Whether these veiled threats will do much to influence voting behaviour is another matter. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The volcanic cloud gradually swept around the northern hemisphere as a thin veil of dust and acid. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This chic and affordable veiled hat is the hottest style for summer. Times, Sunday Times (2009)It had a mesh veil that covered her face and a long flap that covered her stomach area. The Sun (2013)Over the rest, best to draw a veil. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Equally worrying to many MPs was what they saw as a thinly veiled threat. Times, Sunday Times (2015)She tried to tear my veil from my face, and her questions distressed me. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Let's draw a veil over will. Times, Sunday Times (2009)And right in the middle of the very first night in comes the wife, in comes the bride all veiled. Christianity Today (2000)A smell of gun powder filled the room and a thin veil of smoke and dust hung in the air. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The big question is: who's his bride under the veil? The Sun (2016)And then, as the veil of mist lifts, something stirs from its nest in the top of a nearby tree. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I wore the longest veil I could find to cover my chubby arms like a cape. The Sun (2016)

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Translations for 'veil'

British English: veil /veɪl/ NOUN
A veil is a piece of thin soft cloth that women sometimes wear over their heads and which can also cover their face.
She wore a veil over her face.
  • American English: veil
  • Arabic: خِمَار
  • Brazilian Portuguese: véu
  • Chinese: 面纱
  • Croatian: veo
  • Czech: závoj
  • Danish: slør
  • Dutch: sluier
  • European Spanish: velo
  • Finnish: huntu
  • French: voile coiffe
  • German: Schleier
  • Greek: πέπλο
  • Italian: velo
  • Japanese: ベール
  • Korean: 베일
  • Norwegian: slør
  • Polish: welon
  • European Portuguese: véu
  • Romanian: voal
  • Russian: вуаль
  • Spanish: velo
  • Swedish: slöja
  • Thai: ผ้าคลุมหน้า
  • Turkish: peçe
  • Ukrainian: вуаль
  • Vietnamese: mạng che mặt


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