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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

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

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
Khalil Gibran

I never wanted to be Marilyn - it just happened. Marilyn's like a veil I wear over Norma Jeane.
Marilyn Monroe

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
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
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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

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