\ ˈkau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce cowl (audio) \

Definition of cowl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


cowled; cowling; cowls

Definition of cowl (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with a cowl

Examples of cowl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Pattinson donned the cape and cowl for the first time as the iconic DC superhero. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2022 In addition to the basic silhouette—a lustrous midi length, V-necked, thin-strapped dress—the staple can also feature cowl necks and bias cuts, mini to maxi lengths, and lace trim. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 25 Apr. 2022 But yeah, most of our interaction is through the cowl and the cape. Chancellor Agard,, 2 Mar. 2022 Gomez sported a silky sage green dress with a cowl neck, a black leather jacket, and—the pièce de résistance—a pair of silver glitter cat-eye sunglasses. ELLE, 8 Apr. 2022 While most satin slip dresses feature cowl necks, Bieber's highlighted her cleavage and looped around the back of her neck, putting a nostalgic twist on the staple style. Claire Harmeyer,, 7 Mar. 2022 Ahead, find the best white cowl neck dresses to nail the vibe like Normani. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 18 Mar. 2022 With The Batman in theaters Friday, and Robert Pattinson now under the cape and cowl, EW is taking a look back at all the crime fighter's previous iterations. Rachel Schonberger,, 2 Mar. 2022 Plot details are being kept under the cowl and no character descriptions for the trio of actors have been revealed. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The most effective example of contemporary sensibilities is a tight shot of three American mechanics examining a B-17 engine cowling on a typical English airfield. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2019 Fortunately, down on the stage as fans cheered and reached out, the performers kept their cool – even while retelling one of the most emotional stories of all time, complete with glitter, gold and giant cowled coats. Randee Dawn,, 14 June 2018 There is the amazing gold bead dress worn by Tina Turner, the purple cowled dress worn by Grace Jones, and Elle MacPherson’s wedding dress. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 9 May 2018 In 2016, an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to San Francisco turned back after part of the engine cowling fell off. Maggie Astor, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2018 Cowling made a 3-pointer for a 57-52 lead with 6:54 left to play. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, 16 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of cowl


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cowl


Middle English cowle, from Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla monk's hood, from Latin cucullus hood

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11 May 2022

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“Cowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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