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Vail (noun)

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Vail. n.s. [voile, French. This word is now frequently written veil, from velum, Latin; and the verb veil, from the verb velo; but the old orthography commonly derived it, I believe rightly, from the French.]

  1. A curtain; a cover thrown over any thing to be concealed.

    While they supposed to lie hid in their secret sins, they were scattered under a dark vail of forgetfulness. Wisdom.

  2. A part of female dress, by which the face and part of the shape is concealed.

  3. Money given to servants. It is commonly used in the plural. See Vale.

Sources: The Bible - Wisdom (12)

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