medora, noun

Origin:
ArabicShow more Etymology dubious: perhaps from Arabic mudawwar round, circular; or named for Madura, an island off Java.
An ornamental headdress worn by Cape Muslim brides, and by Muslim women who have completed their pilgrimage to Mecca. Also attributive.
1936 L.G. Green Secret Afr. 136A Malay wedding..is one of the most gorgeous sights of Cape Town...The Malay girl..is not present at the simple ceremony in the mosque; but you may see her driving through the streets in an open carriage afterwards wearing the golden medora headdress of the bride.
1944 I.D. Du Plessis Cape Malays 28On the wedding day the bride wears a headdress reminiscent of the golden ballets of Bali — the medora — and a veil, and receives her guests in her first wedding dress.
1981 Sunday Times 12 July (Mag. Sect.) 1The young women are beautiful..their dress modern, their faces often framed in a new version of the traditional medora.
An ornamental headdress worn by Cape Muslim brides, and by Muslim women who have completed their pilgrimage to Mecca. Also attributive.
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