\ 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 Culturally, the symbol resembles a woollen shawl that is typically worn by the citizens of Arab and Gulf countries in winter, which is when the 2022 World Cup will take place, according to FIFA. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "FIFA unveils the emblem for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar," 3 Sep. 2019 For Ma, use wire to secure another stake across neck for shoulders; drape shawl over shoulders. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Ma and Pa Pumpkins," 9 Sep. 2019 At one end were 23 finished shawls and seven lap robes ready to go to new homes. Denise Coffey,, "Crafting Comfort One Square At A Time," 9 Sep. 2019 For full thirty years Miss Anthony’s red shawl has been the oriflamme of suffrage battle. Kimberly Chrisman-campbell, The Atlantic, "When American Suffragists Tried to ‘Wear the Pants’," 12 June 2019 They were each wrapped in a delicate white shawl from G. H. Hurt & Son. Erin Hill,, "See Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the New Royal Baby's Debut Photos Side-by-Side," 24 Apr. 2018 That a couple would travel such a distance, toting roses and a Russian shawl, to visit a former landlady — of all minor associations — struck me: later in life, how mundane a relationship is so valuable. Deborah Milstein,, "The celebration of a lifetime," 9 Aug. 2019 The women kneel on the cool marble, their heads draped by shawls bearing the initials NJG. Brittny Mejia,, "Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 Elsewhere, a bejeweled python adorned one female model’s neck like a shawl on sheer black fabric, exposing the nipples and the vulnerability of human flesh. Washington Post, "Dior goes black in Paris show that celebrates couture roots," 1 July 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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10 Oct 2019

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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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