fig leaf - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

Your browser doesn’t support HTML5 audio

singularfig leaf
pluralfig leaves
  1. 1
    a leaf from a fig tree. You often see a fig leaf covering the sex organs of people in paintings.
     Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    something that hides another thing that is considered morally wrong
Word story
In the Bible, Adam and Eve used leaves from a fig tree to cover their sex organs.