Definition of take the veil in English:

take the veil


  • Become a nun.

    • ‘Annina, the lead character, is destined to take the veil whilst her misunderstanding ‘loving’ brother Michele not only opposes her decision but finds himself at loggerheads with everyone else.’
    • ‘The entrepreneur attended seminary before proving his worth in the family firm, his brothers served the cross, and his daughter, who took the veil, set up the Salesians in their hometown of Schio.’
    • ‘One widow vowed that if her daughter recovered from her sickbed, the girl would take the veil as a nun.’
    • ‘But the way some women go on, you'd think getting married was a combination of taking the veil - all that noble self-denying sacrifice - and volunteering for lifelong char lady status.’
    • ‘Does she still want to take the veil / And clothe herself in white and grey?’
    • ‘He denies her one surpassing wish, which is to take the veil.’
    • ‘Eliza requests that Jane stay a second week, finally informing her that she plans to enter a convent and take the veil for the rest of her life.’
    • ‘The hunt of a mysterious white deer, whose sudden appearance deflects the king and gives Osyth the opportunity to take the veil, also gives the opportunity for further clarification of the king's psychology.’
    • ‘Griffith Gaunt, an impoverished gentleman of Cumberland, wishes to marry Kate Payton, a spirited and ardent young Roman Catholic, who dreams of taking the veil but feels at the same time bound to the world.’
    • ‘As it happened, her friend and counselor there, Mother Dolores, was none other than former actress Dolores Hart, the fresh-faced beauty who had given Elvis Presley his first screen kiss in ‘Loving You ‘before taking the veil.’’