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Definition of Veil


  1. Something hung up, or spread out, to intercept the view, and hide an object; a cover; a curtain; esp., a screen, usually of gauze, crape, or similar diaphnous material, to hide or protect the face.
  2. A cover; disguise; a mask; a pretense.
  3. The calyptra of mosses.
  4. A membrane connecting the margin of the pileus of a mushroom with the stalk; -- called also velum.
  5. A covering for a person or thing; as, a nun's veil; a paten veil; an altar veil.
  6. Same as Velum, 3.
  7. To throw a veil over; to cover with a veil.
  8. Fig.: To invest; to cover; to hide; to conceal.

Veil Quotations

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask. - Victor Hugo
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
Victor Hugo

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
Edgar Allan Poe

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo

If the world's a veil of tears, Smile till rainbows span it.
Lucy Larcom

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Veil Translations

veil in Dutch is omsluieren, sluieren
veil in French is voiler
veil in Italian is veletta
veil in Spanish is velo