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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.]


(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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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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Summary: There's a growing demand for stylish abayas in India's metropolitan cities due to the advent of e-commerce
As we see in Mecca and Medina, a large number of decent, religious women do not wear abayas.
Saudi Mufti Abdullah al-Mutlaq stated on Friday that women are not required to wear abayas, breaking with precedents for regulations of Saudi women dress and causing widespread controversy in Saudi society.
Fashion designer Ebtisam Mohammed Salman and artist Thajba Najeeb have teamed up to create traditional abayas with colourful painted twists to be worn and adored by the Arabian woman of today.
It's a bad advertisement, very poor art direction, the model chosen was not good and the abayas are out of fashion," said Saudi designer Nabila Nazer.
A college ban on coloured abayas is withdrawn after it raises a storm
A far cry from the plain black abayas they once were, it is now embroidered and embellished with a range of different colours, shades and gems to satisfy every taste " of the young and the old.
It's because of the femininity of the abayas they wear," said Lebanese-born Mona Mohanna, founder of Traditions boutique.
Dubai - The customer service centres in Dubai Municipality offices are offering abayas to women who do not follow the emirate's dress code during their visit to the centres.
The Abayas, by way of Alberts great grandfather, Don Maximo Abaya, host five of the original religious statues in the Candon palibot.
Anchors of these channels wear fashionable abayas , chador s and burqa s.