Definition of jilbab in US English:



  • A full-length outer garment, traditionally covering the head and hands, worn in public by some Muslim women.

    • ‘Muslim women must wear large cloaks (jilbabs) when they go out of their houses.’
    • ‘If the woman was found to be Muslim, police give her a free jilbab.’
    • ‘I would not wish to see the introduction of two classes of Muslim, the inferior class that wears the shalwar kameeze and the better Muslim who wears the jilbab.’
    • ‘Many other schools have willingly accommodated Muslim schoolgirls wearing the jilbab.’
    • ‘Very religious women wear an outfit called the libis shar'i or jilbab.’
    • ‘The Begum jilbab case may well be of interest to Muslims of a variety of political persuasions.’
    • ‘Take, for instance, her views on the jilbab (head covering), which she herself wears, but says is an entirely personal decision, with no directive demanding it.’
    • ‘Young Muslim girls are under pressure in some parts of Britain to wear the jilbab, an outfit covering the entire body.’
    • ‘She was sent home from school for wearing a full-length gown - a jilbab - and yesterday's ruling has major implications for multi-faith schools.’
    • ‘I started wearing a jilbab (head scarf) only two years ago.’
    • ‘Muslim girls in Tower Hamlets have been wearing the jilbab to school for a number of years.’
    • ‘The physical presence of the jilbab is impossible to work or sit or teach alongside without constant awareness of it.’
    • ‘I also want to wear the jilbab just like my mom.’
    • ‘And I too got the knack after a while, looking at the way they dress, even if they're not wearing the jilbab or the kopiah.’


Persian jilbāb, from Arabic, ‘garment, dress, veil’.