Definition of chador in English:


(also chadar, chuddar)

Pronunciation /ˈCHədər/ /ˈtʃədər/ /ˈCHädˌôr/ /ˈtʃɑdˌɔr/


  • A large piece of cloth that is wrapped around the head and upper body leaving only the face exposed, worn especially by Muslim women.

    ‘Her tales are told through panoramas of opposites: the desert and the sea; the architecture of East and West; and women of Islam in black chadors and Muslim men in crisp white shirts.’
    • ‘Though it was common for women to wear the hijab, typically a loose overcoat and head scarf, the chador was the mark of women from strict Muslim families.’
    • ‘Women are required to wear full body coverings, such as chadors and burqas.’
    • ‘In Iran, only the most devout Muslim women wear a chador, the all-encompassing, usually black, shroud.’
    • ‘It's not the full-blown burka or the chador that is at issue, but the simple, elegant headscarf with which Muslim women in France cover their hair, ears and throat.’
    • ‘The devout Muslim women of Bosnia have not traditionally worn the chador familiar in fundamentalist Muslim countries.’
    • ‘Men in suits, women in chadors, young men and women in jeans with hip haircuts - they all take a moment to thank us.’
    • ‘I'll admit, when I walked into the room and noticed that the first people I saw either had big ‘NO WAR’ buttons on their lapels or were wearing chadors, I felt some trepidation.’
    • ‘Students and teachers in all-female schools have been attending classes since the late-September start of the academic year without headscarves and chadors.’
    • ‘Her head is uncovered; she is wearing a dirty caftan instead of a chador.’
    • ‘Even the most devout Muslim women in Bosnia do not wear the traditional chador worn by women in Arab countries.’


Early 17th century from Urdu chādar, chaddar, from Persian čādar ‘sheet or veil’.