Definition of hijab in US English:



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

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


From Persian, from Arabic ḥajaba ‘to veil’.