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Via Hindi शाल (śāl) and Urdu شال(śāl), ultimately from Persian شال(šâl).


  • IPA(key): /ʃɔːl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔːl


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shawl (plural shawls)

  1. A square or rectangular piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders, typically by women. [from 1662]
    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.
    • 1967, Sleigh, Barbara, Jessamy, 1993 edition, Sevenoaks, Kent: Bloomsbury, →ISBN, page 26:
      Jessamy turned. Her uplifted candle showed a dark handsome young women in a black dress. She wore a wide shawl over her head which hung down on either side, only partially hiding a starched, white apron..
  2. A fold of wrinkled flesh under the lips and neck of a bloodhound, used in scenting.

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shawl (third-person singular simple present shawls, present participle shawling, simple past and past participle shawled)

  1. (transitive) To wrap in a shawl.