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veil (veɪl)
1.  a piece of more or less transparent material, usually attached to a hat or headdress, used to conceal or protect a woman's face and head
2.  part of a nun's headdress falling round the face onto the shoulders
3.  something that covers, conceals, or separates; mask: a veil of reticence
4.  the veil the life of a nun in a religious order and the obligations entailed by it
5.  take the veil to become a nun
6.  botany Also called: velum a membranous structure, esp the thin layer of cells connecting the edge of a young mushroom cap with the stipe
7.  anatomy another word for caul
8.  See humeral veil
9.  (tr) to cover, conceal, or separate with or as if with a veil
10.  (intr) to wear or put on a veil
[C13: from Norman French veile, from Latin vēla sails, pl of vēlum a covering]

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