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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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  • Before its prescription, the burqa was just one of a choice of hijab.
British Dictionary definitions for burqa

burqa

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

burka

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

burka

n.

1836, from Hindi, from Arabic burqa'.

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