Definition of "burqa" []

  • A loose, usually black or light blue robe that is worn by Muslim women, especially in Afghanistan, and that covers the body from head to toe. (noun)
  • A long enveloping garment worn by Muslim women in public (noun)

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Use "burqa" in a sentence
  • "The argument that banning the burqa is about eliminating family or marital pressures placed upon women to wear the burqa against their will overlooks existing laws against such criminal behaviors."
  • "Teasing out whether the burqa is a form of oppression or a symbol of righteous modesty depends upon whom one asks."
  • "I'm far more interested in the implication that the burqa is used here to symbolize a woman who is being degraded."