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cowl

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noun \ˈkau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of cowl

  1. 1a :  a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monkb :  a draped neckline on a woman's garment

  2. 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

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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


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cowl

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Definition of cowl

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover with or as if with a cowl

First Known Use of cowl

1536


Cowl

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biographical name \ˈkau̇(-ə)l\

Definition of Cowl

  1. Jane 1883–1950 originally Grace Bailey American actress


COWL Defined for English Language Learners

cowl

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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

cowl

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noun \ˈkau̇l\

Definition of cowl for Students

  1. :  a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monk


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