Definition of haik in English:


(also haick)

Pronunciation: /heɪk//ˈhɑːɪk/


  • A large wrap, typically white, worn by people from North Africa.

    • ‘There is something strange about this; the women of northern countries cut their dresses out in the neck, they go about bare-headed and bare-armed, while the women of the South cover themselves with vests, haicks, pelisses, and warm garments of every description.’
    • ‘The haik drapes them from head to foot, and is worn over loose pants, which are gathered at the ankle.’
    • ‘He had on six haiks and two heavy djellabs.’
    • ‘Later, when it is cooler, women covered by their haiks chat beneath the walls while their children play on the short-barrelled cannons, which guard the high key-hole entrance to the old town.’
    • ‘Women wear a haik (a long piece of cloth draped over the entire body and head).’


Early 18th century: from Arabic ḥā'ik.