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There were trains by the yard obstructing traffic, and a full complement of halos, wimples, tiaras and crowns.
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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.
WIMPLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wimple for English Language Learners
: a cloth worn over the head and around the neck and chin by women in past times and by some nuns today
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