Khimar - Overhead AbayaKhimar comes from the word khamr, the root meaning of which is to cover. For example, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Khammiru aaniyatakum (cover your vessels)." Everything that covers something else is called its khimar. But in common usage khimar has come to be used as a name for the garment with which a woman covers her head; in some cases this does not go against the linguistic meaning of khimar. Some of the fuqahaa? have defined it as that which covers the head, the temples and the neck. Full khimar , also known as Overhead abaya" provides best coverage for Muslim woman.
The word khimar linguistically means only a head covering.