wimple

noun
wim·ple | \ˈwim-pəl \

Definition of wimple 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a cloth covering worn over the head and around the neck and chin especially by women in the late medieval period and by some nuns

2 Scotland

a : a crafty turn : twist

b : curve, bend

wimple

verb
wimpled; wimpling\ˈwim-p(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of wimple (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover with or as if with a wimple : veil

2 : to cause to ripple

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to fall or lie in folds

2 chiefly Scotland : to follow a winding course : meander

3 : ripple

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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.

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There were trains by the yard obstructing traffic, and a full complement of halos, wimples, tiaras and crowns. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "The Scene Inside the Met Gala," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of wimple

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for wimple

Noun

Middle English wimpel, from Old English; perhaps akin to Old English wīpian to wipe

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wimple

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wimple

: 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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