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or bur·ka  (bo͝or′kə)
A loose, usually black or light blue outer garment worn by Muslim women that covers the head and face and sometimes the entire body.

[Hindi burqā and Urdu burqa', from Arabic burqa', veil, variant of burqu'; see pqʕ in Semitic roots.]


(ˈbɜːkə) ,




(Clothing & Fashion) a long enveloping garment worn by Muslim women in public
[C19: from Arabic]
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Noun1.burqa - a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistanburqa - a loose garment (usually with veiled holes for the eyes) worn by Muslim women especially in India and Pakistan; "the Taliban forced all women to wear the burqa"
garment - an article of clothing; "garments of the finest silk"


[ˈbɜːkə] Nburqa m, burka m


[ˈbɜːrkə] nburqa f
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As I learned with the passing of time, most of them were non-Muslims, for the majority of Muslim women were, unfortunately, covered from head to toe by a white over-garment called a burqah which made them appear like walking tents; but here and there one could see a young one who had freed herself of that abominable garb and moved about openly in the Punjabi kurta (tunic) and shalwar.