\ˈshȯl \

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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Winston Duke, perhaps the film's biggest breakout (which is seriously saying something), hit the carpet with costars Danai Gurira and Lupita Nyong'o in an old-fashioned tux—kicked up a couple hundred notches by an even older-fashioned shawl. Sam Schube, GQ, "You Could Use a Style Upgrade," 5 Mar. 2018 The 400,000 square-foot building is filled with more than 36,000 artifacts, including everything from the Harriet Tubman's shawl to Carlotta Walls's first-day-of-school outfit to Carl Lewis's gold medal. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "What Jackie Kennedy's Wedding Dress Has to Do With the New National Museum of African American History and Culture," 4 Oct. 2016 One Perillo trip to Japan includes Saori-weaving demonstrations, which end with travelers crafting their own small scarves or shawls. Jon Marcus,, "Actually making memories," 27 June 2018 The 1,000-square-foot restaurant was redesigned by Melissa Ritchie and now highlights the colors of serape blankets, the traditionally brightly colored blankets and shawls made in Mexico. Jenn Harris,, "This world-famous chef is opening a coffee shop and soul food restaurant in West Adams," 19 June 2018 And Caitlin Hunter will be on hand with a brand-new exclusive shawl pattern designed specifically for this event. Mary Mooney,, "Traveling Ewe looking to expand; help them do it with Indiegogo and Patreon," 11 June 2018 Like Bessette Kennedy, the new bride seemed to be holding a chiffon shawl in her hand. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Second Wedding Dress Channels Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's Simple Elegance," 19 May 2018 Queen Elizabeth II first used this particular kind of shawl all the way back in 1948! Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Baby’s Bonnet Has a Special Connection to Princess Charlotte," 25 Apr. 2018 For party favors, the couple gave their guests custom purple baby blankets, a nod to the epic portrait shawl Cardi once wore to the airport. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Exclusive Photos From Cardi B’s Bronx Fairy-Tale Baby Shower," 28 June 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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