Definition of cowl
1a : a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monkb : a draped neckline on a woman's garment
2a : a chimney covering designed to improve the draftb : 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 boardc : cowling
Recent Examples of cowl from the Web
A contoured steering wheel and paddle shifters (where applicable) front a lower cowl, which should work with 20 percent thinner A-pillars—enabled by the ultra-high-strength steel—to improve forward visibility.
The nose cowl on that Trent 700 engine also had torn away and had reportedly been ingested by the engine.
West quickly struggled to find work, forced to make appearances in his cape and cowl at car shows and carnivals and in such obscure films as The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971), written by Semple, and The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980).
Years later, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck would don Bruce Wayne’s camouflaging cape and cowl.
Adam West, the ardent actor who managed to keep his tongue in cheek while wearing the iconic cowl of the Caped Crusader on the classic 1960s series Batman, has died.
Years later, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Ben Affleck would don Bruce Wayne's camouflaging cape and cowl.
West was proud of the iconic Batman character, which Ben Affleck played recently, but actually wearing the cape and cowl posed challenges.
Warner Bros. (DC’s parent studio) trotted out Ben Affleck at Comic-Con International in 2014 to mean-mug in Hall H and not answer a single question, then handed him Batman’s cowl for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of cowl
: to cover with or as if with a cowl
First Known Use of cowl
Definition of Cowl
Jane 1883–1950 originally Grace Bailey American actress
COWL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cowl for English Language Learners
: 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
COWL Defined for Kids
Definition of cowl for Students
: a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monk
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