\ ˈshȯl How to pronounce shawl (audio) \

Definition of shawl

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a square or oblong usually fabric garment or wrapper used especially as a covering for the head or shoulders


shawled; shawling; shawls

Definition of shawl (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to wrap in or as if in a shawl

Examples of shawl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hearty recalled giving her a shawl there as a present. John Leland,, "Sister Angela Marie Rooney, 103, dies; oldest member of her order in New York," 29 June 2020 The brothers wrapped their parents’ urns together with the blue shawl Dorothy wore to Bob’s funeral at their grave. Kevin Armstrong, Washington Post, "Idled by the virus, a bagpiper uses his Brooklyn street corner to honor the dead," 27 June 2020 At just under 6 feet long and a little over 3 feet wide, it can be used as a beach towel, a shawl, or keep out the chill of an evening breeze off the water. Popular Science, "Best beach towels for the whole family," 23 June 2020 The Duchess of Cambridge looked stunning once again in a white traditional shalwar kameez by Gul AHMED and a shawl by Maheem Khan. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a White Shalwar Kameez by Gul Ahmed on Arrival in Lahore," 17 Oct. 2019 It was given that A-list actress feel with a long, voluminous shawl. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lady Gaga Just Shut Down the Golden Globes Red Carpet in Valentino Couture," 7 Jan. 2019 Sky is where the blue shawl of imagination goes astray. Gretel Ehrlich, The Atlantic, "We Are All Living the Same Moment," 2 May 2020 Humes coordinated, in a black a-line hemmed gown with a matching shawl and silver jewelry. Dave Quinn,, "James Van Der Beek Reunites with Dawson's Creek Parents at DWTS for First Photo in 18 Years," 15 Oct. 2019 The country singer arrived at the event in a hot pink convertible while her long blonde wig, pink Moschino gown, fuzzy shawl and hot pink sunglasses completed the look. Annie Reuter, Billboard, "Kacey Musgraves Signs with IMG Models," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of shawl


1662, in the meaning defined above


1812, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shawl


Persian shāl

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The first known use of shawl was in 1662

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3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shawl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shawl

: a piece of cloth that is used especially by women as a covering for the head or shoulders


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Kids Definition of shawl

: a square or oblong piece of cloth used especially by women as a loose covering for the head or shoulders

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