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A long, loose garment covering the whole body from head to feet, worn in public by women in many Muslim countries.
- ‘Covered from head to foot in a burka - a traditional Muslim garment - I crossed the border and stepped onto the road to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.’
- ‘The fundamentalist regime also forced women to wear the burqa, a loose garment which covered the figure from head to toe with veiled eye holes, outdoors.’
- ‘My own preference is a long black dress and a white headscarf - I have never worn a burqa in my life.’
- ‘Women are required to wear full body coverings, such as chadors and burqas.’
- ‘And ever more women are trading their burqas, the head-to-toe garment worn in public, for an Iranian-style shawl, or chador, which covers the hair and body but not the face.’
- ‘In the sense of attire, purdah can denote the practice of completely covering a woman's body by wearing a loose, body-covering robe called the burqa.’
- ‘According to their interpretations, Muslim women must always wear the burqa in public.’
- ‘Most women continue to wear the burqa, the voluminous garment that covers them from head to toe.’
- ‘The first element is the requirement that women wear the burqa - a head-to-toe garment that allows vision only through a mesh screen.’
From Urdu and Persian burqa‘, from Arabic burqu‘.
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