One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large wrap, typically white, worn by people from North Africa.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Women wear a haik (a long piece of cloth draped over the entire body and head).’
- ‘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.’
Early 18th century: from Arabic ḥā'ik.
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