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towel

noun tow·el \ ˈtau̇(-ə)l \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of towel

:an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying

Examples of towel in a Sentence

  1. She dried her hair with a towel.

  2. Here's a towel to wipe up the spill.

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Origin and Etymology of towel

Middle English towaille, from Anglo-French tuaille, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German dwahila towel; akin to Old High German dwahan to wash


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towel

verb

Definition of towel

toweled or towelled; toweling or towelling
transitive verb
:to rub or dry (something, such as the body) with a towel
intransitive verb
:to use a towel to dry oneself
  • toweled down after swimming

Recent Examples of towel from the Web

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First Known Use of towel

circa 1839



TOWEL Defined for English Language Learners

towel

noun

Definition of towel for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of cloth used for drying things


towel

verb

Definition of towel for English Language Learners

  • : to dry (something) with a towel


TOWEL Defined for Kids

towel

noun tow·el \ ˈtau̇-əl \

Definition of towel for Students

:a cloth or piece of absorbent paper for wiping or drying

Medical Dictionary

towel

noun tow·el \ ˈtau̇(-ə)l \

medical Definition of towel

1 :an absorbent cloth or paper for wiping or drying
2 British :sanitary napkin


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