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

Definition of cowl

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


cowled; cowling; cowls

Definition of cowl (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with a cowl


biographical name
\ ˈkau̇(-ə)l How to pronounce Cowl (audio) \

Definition of Cowl (Entry 3 of 3)

Jane 1883–1950 originally Grace Bailey American actress

Examples of cowl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Orion brought his own Batman mask for photos, but Tazelaar had a cape and cowl on hand for people to wear for photos. Kimberly Fornek,, "Hinsdale resident drives his Batmobile to Page’s Restaurant," 22 Oct. 2019 Victoria Hacci Pullover Who doesn’t love a good cowl neck, let’s be honest. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "26 amazing deals from Anthropologie's biggest sale of the year," 18 Oct. 2019 The jumpsuit comes with the Ewok’s cowl and hood, which features a furry pair of ears on top. Alicia Kortendick, oregonlive, "Best Halloween costumes for the whole family," 7 Oct. 2019 Enter Bruce Wayne's cousin, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), who picks up the cape and cowl, with help from tech wizard Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises' Lucius Fox, becoming her de facto Alfred. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Batwoman' and 'Nancy Drew' strike familiar notes on CW," 4 Oct. 2019 The cowl comforting her troubled face looked weary. Joy Williams, The New Yorker, "The Fellow," 23 Sep. 2019 Batwoman, about Kate Kane and her quest to take over her cousin Bruce Wayne's cowl and protect Gotham City, is no different. Wired, "The 11 Best New TV Shows Coming This Fall," 16 Sep. 2019 This Free People one has a chunky cowl neck, oversized sleeves, and a loose fit. Elaheh Nozari, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything Worth Buying at This Year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 19 July 2019 Not that the team wasn’t meticulous about creating Green Arrow’s cowl. Chancellor Agard,, "How Arrow saved the TV superhero — and why it had to end," 17 July 2019 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, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 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,, "The performers of Easter's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' had their own hallelujah moments," 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, "Take a First Look at London’s Azzedine Alaïa Exhibition, “The Couturier”," 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, "Engine Cover Blows Off on United Airlines Flight," 13 Feb. 2018 Cowling made a 3-pointer for a 57-52 lead with 6:54 left to play. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "No. 10 Stanford holds off Cal to stay in first place," 16 Feb. 2017

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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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23 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Cowl.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of cowl

: 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


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Kids Definition of cowl

: a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monk

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