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A loose robe worn by Muslim women, especially in Arabic-speaking regions, covering the body from head to toe or the neck down and often worn with a headscarf and veil. Also called aba.

[Colloquial Arabic 'abāya, from Arabic 'abā'a, variant of 'abā', aba.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a long black long-sleeved robe worn by Muslim women in Arabic-speaking countries, often with a headscarf or veil
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abaya - (Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toeabaya - (Arabic) a loose black robe from head to toe; traditionally worn by Muslim women
robe - any loose flowing garment
Arabic, Arabic language - the Semitic language of the Arabs; spoken in a variety of dialects
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Diva Abaya Couture offers up abayas in a variety of materials, including soft tulle and traditional nida fabric.
Abaya said Lagua and Ibos were at the river to fish earlier that afternoon, together with Lagua's brother, Jomark Lagua, 25.
The video was first posted by the woman herself on Twitter saying that she went shopping in Saudi Arabia without wearing the abaya. She added she is doing it as a challenge since Lebanese prominent pop singer Najwa Karam was seen earlier last year in Saudi Arabia shopping in the mall also without wearing the black over garment.
Abaya is an Austria-based scientist who has worked for various capacities of IAEA since 1994.
Dubai: A man has been accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl while she was trying on an abaya in a shop in Dubai Mall, a court heard on Thursday.
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.
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) made the call after the Office of the Ombudsman ordered the filing of graft charges against former transportation secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya and 16 others in connection with the MRT-3 maintenance deal with Busan Universal Rail Inc.
Abaya said he is confident that he, along with others cited for plunder of allegedly anomalous contracts, will win the case.
Even trends are cyclical, as the debate between the coloured and black abaya showed -- emerging, fading away and resurfacing again
An abaya today is not just a cultural garment, but also a bold cultural statement.
Summary: With the surge of ever-changing global fashion trends, the Arabian abaya has struggled to keep up, but several cutting-edge Lebanese designers are doing their part to make the traditional garment "trendy" again.