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  Dictionary Definition of veil

1. a piece of material, usually light and more or less transparent, worn, especially by women, over the head or face, as to conceal the face or to protect it from the sun or wind.
2. a piece of material worn so as to fall over the head and shoulders on each side of the face, forming a part of the headdress of a nun.
3. the life accepted or the vows made by a woman, when she makes either her novice's vows and takes the white veil, or her irrevocable vows and takes the black veil of a nun.
4. something that covers, screens, or conceals: a veil of smoke or mist.
5. a mask, disguise, or pretence.
6. Botany, Anatomy, Zoology velum.
-- verb (t)
7. to cover or conceal with or as with a veil.
8. to hide the real nature of; mask; disguise.
-- phrase
9. take the veil, to become a nun.
[ME, from AF, from L velum sail, covering]
-- veiled, adjective -- veilless, adjective -- veil-like, adjective
noun Simone Annie , born 1927, French politician; former government minister and first president of the European Assembly (1979--81).