Definition of hijab in US English:



  • 1A head covering worn in public by some Muslim women.

    • ‘As shown on this Seattle-area Muslim woman, the hijab often leaves the entire face open.’
    • ‘Last year, after deciding to wear the hijab, or Islamic head scarf, and follow her faith more closely, she knew her routine would have to change.’
    • ‘Still, the Muslim headscarf, or hijab, that I wear makes me feel as if I am under a microscope.’
    • ‘The French Assembly is wrong to ban Muslim headscarves, the hijab, in public schools.’
    • ‘Just as police officers are more professionally aware while in uniform, so I had a stronger sense of being a Muslim wearing my hijab.’
    • ‘Chapter Four describes interviews with seven Muslim women who wear hijab.’
    • ‘Some Muslim women wear the traditional hijab in public.’
    • ‘The ban will likely include large Christian crosses, Jewish yarmulkes, Muslim hijabs and turbans worn by Sikhs.’
    • ‘Their faces covered by the Muslim hijab, they lolled dead in their seats.’
    • ‘In many cities women in Christian congregations have started wearing the hijab to identify with Muslim women.’
    • ‘Muslim women wear the hijab for a number of reasons beyond the obvious religious motivations.’
    • ‘A High Court today ruled in favour of Denbeigh High School which already allows pupils to wear shalwar kameez and hijab as uniform.’
    • ‘If the banning of the hijab in France protects Muslim girls from racist attack, then it will have done some good.’
    • ‘The Principal decided the Muslim veil or hijab was a threat to the secular French public school system.’
    • ‘Can you please explain to me in the light of Qur'an and Hadith what is the hijab for my husband to his brother's wives?’
    • ‘My hijab, the head covering many Muslim women like myself wear out in public, had caught her attention.’
    • ‘This impression is further reinforced by the pronouncements of some orthodox ulema that wants to see Muslim women wrapped in hijab.’
    • ‘But when I got into the building, I saw tens and twenties of Muslims - women in hijabs, people who said As-Salaam-Alaikum to us.’
    • ‘Not all Muslim women wear the hijab, because not all practise their religion at the same level.’
    • ‘The conference condemned attacks on the Muslim population and defended the right of Muslim women to choose to wear the hijab or burqa.’
    1. 1.1 The religious code which governs the wearing of the hijab.
      • ‘Many Muslims argue that hijab (head cover) does not come from the Koran but from the later interpretation of Islamic law.’
      • ‘Certainly hijab is a distinctly Muslim notion, but what about the Western religion of plastic surgery, bodily perfection, fashion horses etc?’
      • ‘Today, the figure-obscuring dress code known as hijab remains the Revolution's most visible and enduring legacy.’
      • ‘One suggestion that occurs repeatedly is that Islam does not require Muslim women to observe hijab or veil.’
      • ‘Violating the hijab code was made punishable by 100 lashes of the cane and six months imprisonment.’


From Persian, from Arabic ḥajaba ‘to veil’.