|Language:||Old North French|
|Origin:||veile, from Latin vela, plural of velum 'sail, curtain, cloth, veil'|
a thin piece of material that women wear to cover their faces at formal occasions or for religious reasons:
She lifted her veil with both hands.
a bridal veil
the system in Islamic countries in which women must cover their hair and faces in public
to avoid talking about something that happened in the past because it is unpleasant or embarrassing:
I think it best to draw a veil over the whole incident.
something that hides the truth about a situation:
Watson deserves credit for lifting the veil of secrecy surrounding Brenda's death.
His pornography was covered by a veil of respectability.
a thin layer of mist, cloud etc that makes it difficult to see clearly:
The moon was hidden behind a veil of clouds.
to become a nun