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Definition of "abaya" []

  • A loose, usually black robe worn by Muslim women, especially in Arabic-speaking regions, covering the body from head to toe and often worn with a headscarf and veil. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "abaya" in a sentence
  • "A small minority of Muslim women in certain parts of the world wear what is known as the abaya (black cloak) and the niqab (face veil)."
  • "Pinned to the abaya was a message that read, “She was a collaborator against Islam.”"
  • "State Department guidelines note, for example, that the religious police can "pressure women to wear" the full-length black covering known as an abaya, "and to cover their heads.""
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