Wimple is the name of the covering worn over the head and around the neck and chin by women in the late medieval period, as well as by some modern nuns. Its name is akin to Old Saxon "wimpal" and Middle Dutch "wimpel," both of which mean "veil" or "banner." Like the word veil, "wimple" is also used as a verb meaning "cover" and was adopted by literary writers as a substitute for "ripple" and "meander," especially when writing about streams. "Over the little brook which wimpled along below towered an arch," James Russell Lowell once observed.
Examples of wimple in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the Web: NounWho would have guessed that Sister Frances's wimple was hiding Bruccoleri's becoming bangs.
Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 17 Mar. 2022 Regardless of your interpretation, her motive was to regain a sense of power over her body, to take back the sexuality that was sheathed in a red robe and cropped wimple.
Hillary Kelly, Vulture, 2 June 2021 Under the wimple, her face had a beatific glow that lit up the stage.
Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 5 Dec. 2019 There were trains by the yard obstructing traffic, and a full complement of halos, wimples, tiaras and crowns.
Matthew Schneier, New York Times, 8 May 2018
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First Known Use of wimple
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1