\ 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

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Women will come in and see these glamorous sequin dresses next to slogan T-shirts and cashmere shawls from Nepal, where our knitwear is made mostly by women. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Is Reviving Bleecker Street With His First Store," 2 Oct. 2018 Speaking at a discussion lunch for the movie while wearing a red shawl adorned with golden elephants, Jane Goodall made special mention to call Huang a hero. Janet Fang, Popular Mechanics, "New Netflix Doc Walks the Front Lines of the War to Save Elephants," 11 Nov. 2016 There, she was pictured wearing a għonnella or faldetta, a traditional hooded headdress and shawl. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Recently-Surfaced Photos from Malta Prove She Was Destined to Be Royal," 30 Nov. 2018 Sophie's was a deep red covered in beading and embroidery and a gold dupatta (a matching shawl-like scarf common in traditional Indian clothing), and Joe coordinated outfits with Nick, wearing a powder blue kurta pajama with delicate embroidery. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Nick and Joe Jonas Look Incredible at Pre-Wedding Celebrations," 29 Nov. 2018 The simple shoe sported the house’s signature monogram at the toe and on the sides, adding subtle contrast and texture to Macron’s ensemble while tying back to the motif of her shawl. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Brigitte Macron Jumps on the Designer Sneaker Bandwagon—and Of Course They’re Louis Vuitton," 31 Aug. 2018 This shawl is great for weekend- and work-wear alike because of its elegant, interesting shape. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "This Super-Soft Shawl Doubles As A Vest And Triples As A Flattering Stand-Alone Top," 2 Apr. 2015 There were little touches — my grandfather’s prayer shawl on our shoulders, my Great-Uncle Josef’s shawl on the top of our chuppah — to remind us of our ancestors, many of whom had suffered terribly. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 This time against denim and fishnets, Poiret’s acid ruby mouth managed to punch up model Remington William’s garnet hair and matching fuzzy shawl for a triple color play that worked. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty at Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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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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