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Definition of the noun abaya

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noun - plural: abayas

  1. (Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women

Alternative definition of the noun abaya


  1. The traditional form of hijab, or Islamic dress, for many countries of the Arabian peninsula, it is an overgarment worn by some women.


Abaya is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. It's part of former Gelana Abaya woreda what was divided for Abaya and Gelana woredas. Part of the Borena Zone, Gelana Abaya was bordered on the south by Hagere Mariam, and on the west, north and east by the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region. Lake Abaya, on the western border, is divided between this woreda and the SNNPR. However, the Guji Oromo who live in Nechisar National Park are claimed to be administratively part of this woreda, in a kebele called "Irgansaa".


  1. The abaya "cloak", sometimes also called an aba, is a simple, loose over-garment, essentially a robe-like dress, worn by some women in parts of the Muslim world including in North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Traditional abayat are black and may be either a large square of fabric draped from the shoulders or head or a long caftan. The abaya covers the whole body except the face, feet, and hands. It can be worn with the niqāb, a face veil covering all but the eyes. Some women choose to wear long black gloves, so their hands are covered as well.
  2. Abaya is a website.

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Google previewEssential Dubai Guide (2015)

by SKS Singarum, Vinod Kumar

Abaya Nightclub: Abaya is the traditional dress worn by Emirati women. Located at the Dubai Park Hotel, this club has live music and belly dancers. African Star: Is an African night club located at Marco Polo Hotel, Deira. Alpha Club: Located ...

Google previewTime's Covenant (2007)

Selected Poems by Eric Ormsby

” The 'abaya is the black, [283 ] Notes.

Google previewState Power 2.0 (2016)

Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide by Muzammil M. Hussain

An abaya is a black bodycovering worn by traditional Muslim women that goes over the clothing and symbolizes modesty. It does not cover the hair or face but it does cover everything from the shoulders down, including the arms. Chapter 9 ...

Google previewMigrant Domestic Workers and Family Life (2015)

International Perspectives by Maria Kontos, Glenda Bonifacio

An abaya is the long and loosefitting article of clothing of Muslim women. 2. A hijab is a head covering. 3. A dishdasha is a long robe garment worn by men in the Gulf. 4. In an interview with an official at Dubai's “Philippine Labor Office”, it was ...

Google previewPhysical Culture, Power, and the Body (2006)

by Patricia Vertinsky, Jennifer Hargreaves

Abaya is an overgarment. It is the traditional form of hijab (the Arabic term for dressing modestly) for many countries of the Arabian peninsula. Traditional abaya are black, and may be either a large square of fabric draped from the shoulders ...

Google previewHandbook of Islamic Marketing (2011)

by Özlem Sandıkcı, Gillian Rice

Abaya is a woman's gown or cloak. Ahadith is the plural form of hadith (see below). Akhlaq means morals and values. Al-akhira is the hereafter. Al-din or din is used to refer to the religion of Islam. Alim is a scholar of Islam. Allah is the Arabic ...

Google previewDoing business in Dubai: focus arab health (2014)

guide for the entrepreneurs operating in the healthcare sector by Giovanni Battista Martelli

The abaya is a female garment used in some Muslim countries, mainly in the Persian Gulf. It is a long lightweight black cloak that covers the entire body except the head, the feet and the hands. It is customary to use another garment to cover ...

Google previewThe Veil in Kuwait (2014)

Gender, Fashion, Identity by N. Abdullah-Khan, T. Botz-Bornstein

The abaya is an allcovering black cloak and the niqab is a face cover that leaves only the eyes free. 2 The IT could document the names of participants, but wecould notseethe answers in connection with thenames, thus keeping the responses ...

Google previewThe Politics of Militant Group Survival in the Middle East (2016)

Resources, Relationships, and Resistance by Ora Szekely

The abaya is a long black robe, which may be worn open over a long dress or tied shut. The jilbab is a long semi-fitted coat-dress, which comes in a wide range of colors and styles. Both may be worn with any number of styles of headscarf and ...

Google previewA Society of Young Women (2014)

Opportunities of Place, Power, and Reform in Saudi Arabia by Amelie Le Renard

The abaya is the black overgarment worn by all females in mixed-gender public spaces in Saudi Arabia from around the age of eight onward (it is required to attend third grade). The “head abaya” ('abaya 'ala-l-ra's) should be distinguished ...

Google previewBetween Islam and the American Dream (2013)

An Immigrant Muslim Community in Post-9/11 America by Yuting Wang

An abaya is an Arabian style floor-length flowing robe. A salwar kameez is a set of long shirt and loose pants common among people from South Asia. 5. Hijab refers to a type of veil that covers the head, particularly worn by Muslim women. 6 .

Google previewPalestine Speaks (2014)

Narratives of Life Under Occupation by Cate Malek, Mateo Hoke

An abaya is a long, robelike garment that covers the entire body except for the face, feet, and hands. 3Yazur was a ...

Google previewCongressional Record

The abaya is a garment that covers a Muslim woman from head to toe with only the eyes showing. It is associated by others and by servicewomen with the Muslim religion. Forcing American servicewomen — most of whom are Christian or ...

Google previewGirlhood

Redefining the Limits

Abaya is a long, ankle length mantle, usually worn by local Arabs. 5. Literally meaning the world, yergir is an endearing term referring to the ancestral homeland in Western Armenia, from where the Armenians were subsequently deported in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Women in Today's World (2011)

by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, Jane E. Sloan

military commanders in Saudi Arabia directed women soldiers to wear the abaya, a cloak similar to the aforementioned chador; ride in the back seat of vehicles; and be accompanied by a man when traveling off the military ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Pronunciation for Current English (2017)

by Clive Upton, William A. Kretzschmar, Jr.

-z AM 'aebotwar, -Z abaxial BR ab'akSIol AM ab'aksiol abaya BR o'bes(j)e(r), -z AM o'bass).jo, ...

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