Definition of chador in English:


(also chuddar, chaddar)

Pronunciation /ˈtʃʌdə//ˈtʃɑːdɔː//ˈtʃɑːdə/


  • A large piece of cloth that is wrapped around the head and upper body leaving only the face exposed, worn especially by Muslim women.

    • ‘Even the most devout Muslim women in Bosnia do not wear the traditional chador worn by women in Arab countries.’
    • ‘Repression, fatalism, and passivity, social marginalization, veiled erotic promise, inspiration, heroism, mercilessness, and danger converge in a single female figure dressed in a chador.’
    • ‘Squabbles broke out at one mosque between women dressed in Islamic black chadors, who wanted to have separate queues from men, and women with more open headscarves and long coats.’
    • ‘Her tales are told through panoramas of opposites: the desert and the sea; the architecture of East and West; and women of Islam in black chadors and Muslim men in crisp white shirts.’
    • ‘The exception was in Iran, where Reza Shah Pahlavi, an illiterate Cossack sergeant who rose to become the country's ruler in the 1920s, actually ordered his female subjects to remove their chadors (veils).’
    • ‘It's dangerous because it makes the veil/burqa / chador a political statement of what the oppressive West is about.’
    • ‘In Iran, only the most devout Muslim women wear a chador, the all-encompassing, usually black, shroud.’
    • ‘Though it was common for women to wear the hijab, typically a loose overcoat and head scarf, the chador was the mark of women from strict Muslim families.’
    • ‘Students and teachers in all-female schools have been attending classes since the late-September start of the academic year without headscarves and chadors.’
    • ‘While wrapped in cumbersome chadors and burq'as, women exercise more rights here than in the ultra-conservative states on the other side of the Persian Gulf.’
    • ‘For example, under the influence of Islamic fundamentalism, women are required to wear full body coverings, such as chadors and burqas.’
    • ‘It's not the full-blown burka or the chador that is at issue, but the simple, elegant headscarf with which Muslim women in France cover their hair, ears and throat.’
    • ‘Her head is uncovered; she is wearing a dirty caftan instead of a chador.’
    • ‘Men in suits, women in chadors, young men and women in jeans with hip haircuts - they all take a moment to thank us.’
    • ‘I had been to weddings where some Pasdars (revolutionary guards) and women with chadors were sitting in one corner and women wearing mini skirts and men drinking alcohol were dancing together in the other corner.’
    • ‘The advancing camera discloses that the black mass consists of women in chadors, bobbing in unruly rhythms.’
    • ‘The devout Muslim women of Bosnia have not traditionally worn the chador familiar in fundamentalist Muslim countries.’
    • ‘The physical presence of heavy, life-size garment bags evokes the figures of women concealed in chadors increasingly seen in Amer's native Egypt.’
    • ‘I'll admit, when I walked into the room and noticed that the first people I saw either had big ‘NO WAR’ buttons on their lapels or were wearing chadors, I felt some trepidation.’
    • ‘When they came for the Muslim women in their chadors, I did not speak up because I was not a Muslim woman in a chador.’


Early 17th century: from Urdu chādar, chaddar, from Persian čādar ‘sheet or veil’.