Definition of haik in English:


(also haick)

Pronunciation /hīk/ /haɪk/


  • A large outer wrap, typically white, worn by people from North Africa.

    ‘The haik drapes them from head to foot, and is worn over loose pants, which are gathered at the ankle.’
    • ‘Women wear a haik (a long piece of cloth draped over the entire body and head).’
    • ‘He had on six haiks and two heavy djellabs.’
    • ‘Later, when it is cooler, women covered by their haiks chat beneath the walls while their children play on the short-barrelled cannons, which guard the high key-hole entrance to the old town.’
    • ‘There is something strange about this; the women of northern countries cut their dresses out in the neck, they go about bare-headed and bare-armed, while the women of the South cover themselves with vests, haicks, pelisses, and warm garments of every description.’


Early 18th century from Arabic ḥā'ik.