noun \ˈka(-ə)l\

: a loose piece of clothing with a hood that a monk wears over other clothes; also : the hood itself

: a covering for a chimney that controls the way smoke flows out

Full Definition of COWL

a :  a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monk
b :  a draped neckline on a woman's garment
a :  a chimney covering designed to improve the draft
b :  the top portion of the front part of an automobile body forward of the two front doors to which are attached the windshield and instrument board
c :  cowling

Origin of COWL

Middle English cowle, from Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla monk's hood, from Latin cucullus hood
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


transitive verb

Definition of COWL

:  to cover with or as if with a cowl

First Known Use of COWL


Rhymes with COWL


biographical name \ˈka(-ə)l\

Definition of COWL

Jane 1883–1950 originally Grace Bailey Am. actress


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