ru·​mal | \ (ˈ)rü¦mäl \
variants: or romal \ rōˈm-​ \
plural -s

Definition of rumal

1 : a usually silk plainwoven Indian fabric used for dresses and handkerchiefs
2 : an often checked cotton or silk kerchief used as a scarf and in India as a headdress by men

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First Known Use of rumal

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rumal

Hindi rūmāl, from Persian, from face + māl wiper

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“Rumal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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