\ 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 The backless dress included a halter neck, a slight bustle of fabric gathered at the back, and a thigh-high slit, while the scene-stealing shawl was a floor-length piece covered in white 1920s-style feathers. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2022 The guys walked onstage in white shawl-collar din- ner jackets. Danyel Smith, Rolling Stone, 1 May 2022 Irish, who owns an antique shop in Providence, Rhode Island, wore a shawl-neck cardigan and round glasses, and had a professorial air. Laura Preston, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Their signature Madame-T shawl, tied and twisted over a black dress, turned out to be the perfect creative outfit for the event. Diana Tsui,, 29 June 2022 Days after her grandmother died, Guzman slept in an unwashed rebozo (shawl) of hers. Laura Rodríguez Presa, Chicago Tribune, 17 June 2022 Other accessories included layers of delicate gold chain necklaces, stacks of black bead bracelets, gold earrings, and a camel shawl. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 June 2022 The Duchess of Cornwall stunned in a flowy light blue dress with gold detailing and a cream lace shawl for a reception on the first day of a trip to Athens in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Greek independence. The Editors, Town & Country, 4 June 2022 Gustas also brings a shawl, which doubles as a blanket. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was also known for living an ascetic lifestyle, often dressing in a loincloth and shawl only. Nayeli Lomeli, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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9 Aug 2022

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\ ˈshȯl How to pronounce shawl (audio) \

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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