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burka

[boo r-kuh, bur-] /ˈbʊər kə, ˈbɜr-/
noun
1.
a loose garment covering the entire body and having a veiled opening for the eyes, worn by Muslim women.
Also, burqa, bourkha, burkha, burga.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; < Urdu burgaʿ < dialectal Arabic burqaʿ
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Examples from the web for burka
  • These are areas over which more discreet scholars prefer to draw a veil, if not the full burka.
  • She wears a burka and head scarf and chooses to sit alone rather than work with a partner or in a small group.
  • The hypocrisy of people advocating for the burka while opposing public nudity makes me upset.
  • Let's not confuse the hijab and the burka, two completely different styles.
  • Because, the on the job choices for dress are a bikini or a burka.
British Dictionary definitions for burka

burka

/ˈbɜːkə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of burqa
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic

burqa

/ˈbɜːkə/
noun
1.
a long enveloping garment worn by Muslim women in public
Word Origin
C19: from Arabic
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Contemporary definitions for burka
noun

a long loose body-covering garment with veiled holes for the eyes, worn by some Muslim women; also written burqa , bourkha , burkha , burga , burqua ; also called chador

Word Origin

Arabic burku

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Word Origin and History for burka
n.

1836, from Hindi, from Arabic burqa'.

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