1662. From Persian شال (šâl); see it for more.
shawl (plural shawls)
- A square or rectangular piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders.
She wears her shawl when it's cold outside.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
- Then came a maid with hand-bag and shawls, and after her a tall young lady. She stood for a moment holding her skirt above the grimy steps, […] , and the light of the reflector fell full upon her.
a square piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders
- Arabic: شَال m (šāl)
- Bashkir: яулыҡ (yawlïq); (thick, woolen) шәл (šäl)
- Mandarin: 圍巾 (zh), 围巾 (zh) (wéijīn)
- Czech: šál (cs) f
- Danish: sjal (da) n
- Dutch: sjaal (nl) m
- Faroese: sjál n, sjal n, herðaturriklæði n
- Finnish: šaali (fi), hartiahuivi
- French: châle (fr) m
- German: Schal (de) m
- Hebrew: של (he) m (shal)
- Hindi: शाल (hi) f (śāl)
- Hungarian: kendő (hu), vállkendő (hu), nagykendő (hu), sál (hu)
- Icelandic: sjal (is) n, þríhyrna f, herðaklútur m
- Indonesian: syal (id)
- Italian: scialle (it) m
- Japanese: ショール (shōru), (archaic) 肩巾 (ひれ, hire)
- Karakalpak: oramal
- Korean: 숄 (syol)
- Malay: sebai, syal
shawl (third-person singular simple present shawls, present participle shawling, simple past and past participle shawled)
- To wrap in a shawl.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Thackeray to this entry?)