What Is a Nun’s Headdress Called?




Roman Catholic nuns vow to lead a life of poverty, chastity and obedience to God. To show modesty, consecration and membership to their order, they wear religious habits with veils as part of the ensemble; this is the origin of the idiom “take the veil,” which means to become a nun. However, many modern nuns prefer a contemporary habit to the traditional one, and some choose to do away with the habit altogether while still in service.