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cowl

noun \ ˈkau̇(-ə)l \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of cowl

1 a : a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monk
b : a draped neckline on a woman's garment
2 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

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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

verb

Definition of cowl

transitive verb
: to cover with or as if with a cowl

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First Known Use of cowl

1536


Cowl

biographical name \ ˈkau̇(-ə)l \

Definition of Cowl

Jane 1883–1950 originally Grace Bailey American actress

COWL Defined for English Language Learners

cowl

noun

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

noun \ ˈkau̇l \

Definition of cowl for Students

: a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monk


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