Yashmak, yashmac or yasmak (from Turkish "yaşmak", literally "to cover, hide" [ [http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/yashmak Merriam-Webster Online - Yashmak] ] ) is a Turkish type of veil or niqab worn by many Muslim women to cover their faces in public.

Unlike an ordinary veil, yashmak contains a head-veil and a face-veil in one, thus consisting of two pieces of fine muslin, one tied across the face under the nose and the other tied across the forehead draping the head.

Yashmak can also contain a piece of black horsehair attached close to the temples and sloping down like an awning to cover the face, or it can be a veil covered with pieces of lace, having slits for the eyes, tied behind the head by strings and sometimes supported over the nose by a small piece of gold.


ee also

* Islam and clothing
* Hijab
* Niqab
* Veil

External links

* Turkey's Ministry of Culture and Tourism - [http://goturkey.kulturturizm.gov.tr/BelgeGoster.aspx?17A16AE30572D313AC8287D72AD903BE104DB46842F8CA64 "The Costumes Of Ottoman Women"]

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  • yashmak — ► NOUN ▪ a veil concealing all of the face except the eyes, worn by some Muslim women in public. ORIGIN Turkish …   English terms dictionary

  • yashmak — or yashmac [yäsh mäk′, yash′mak΄] n. [Ar yashmaq] the double veil worn by Muslim women in public …   English World dictionary

  • yashmak — /yahsh mahk , yash mak/, n. the veil worn by Muslim women to cover the face in public. Also, yashmac. [1835 45; < Turk yasmak] * * * ▪ clothing also spelled  Yașmak,    long, narrow face screen or veil traditionally worn in public by Muslim women …   Universalium

  • yashmak — UK [ˈjæʃmæk] / US [jɑʃˈmɑk] / US [ˈjæʃˌmæk] noun [countable] Word forms yashmak : singular yashmak plural yashmaks a piece of cloth that some Muslim women use for covering their faces in public …   English dictionary

  • yashmak — /ˈjæʃmæk/ (say yashmak) noun the veil worn by Muslim women in public. Also, yashmac. {Arabic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • yashmak — also yasmak noun Etymology: Turkish yaşmak Date: 1844 a veil worn by Muslim women that is wrapped around the upper and lower parts of the face so that only the eyes remain exposed to public view …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • yashmak — noun A veil worn by Muslim women to cover parts of the face when they are in public. Syn: niqab, veil, hijab, scarf …   Wiktionary

  • yashmak — yash|mak [ˈjæʃmæk] n [Date: 1800 1900; : Turkish; Origin: yasmak] a piece of cloth that Muslim women wear across their faces in public …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • yashmak — yash|mak [ jaʃ mak, jæʃ,mæk ] noun count a piece of cloth that some Muslim women use for covering their faces in public …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • yashmak —  Veil worn by Muslim women …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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