\ ˈjau̇(-ə)l, sometimes ˈjōl How to pronounce jowl (audio) \

Definition of jowl

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: usually slack flesh (such as a dewlap, wattle, or the pendulous part of a double chin) associated with the cheeks, lower jaw, or throat

Definition of jowl (Entry 2 of 3)

b : the cheek meat of a hog
2a : jaw especially : mandible
b : one of the lateral halves of the mandible

Definition of jowl (Entry 3 of 3)

: a cut of fish consisting of the head and usually adjacent parts

First Known Use of jowl

Noun (1)

1591, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun (3)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jowl

Noun (1)

alteration of Middle English cholle, probably from Old English ceole throat — more at glutton

Noun (2)

alteration of Middle English chavel, from Old English ceafl; akin to Middle High German kivel jaw, Avestan zafar- mouth

Noun (3)

alteration of Middle English choll

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“Jowl.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jowl. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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\ ˈjau̇l How to pronounce jowl (audio) \

Kids Definition of jowl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: loose flesh hanging from the lower jaw, cheeks, and throat



Kids Definition of jowl (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an animal's jaw and especially the lower jaw

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