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Abaya vs. Jilbab

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Abayanoun

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

Jilbabnoun

A long, loose-fitting coat or similar garment worn by some Muslim women to fulfil hijab.

Abaya

The abaya (colloquially and more commonly, Arabic: عباية‎ ʿabāyah, especially in Literary Arabic: عباءة ʿabā'ah; plural عبايات ʿabāyāt, عباءات ʿabā'āt), 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 North Africa and Middle East 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 kaftan.

‘cloak’;

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