variants or romal
plural -s
: a usually silk plainwoven Indian fabric used for dresses and handkerchiefs
: an often checked cotton or silk kerchief used as a scarf and in India as a headdress by men

Word History


Hindi rūmāl, from Persian, from face + māl wiper

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rumal was in 1622

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“Rumal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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