- a hooded garment worn by monks.
- the hood of this garment.
- part of a garment that is draped to resemble a cowl or hood.
- the forward part of the body of a motor vehicle supporting the rear of the hood and the windshield and housing the pedals and instrument panel.
- a cowling.
- a hoodlike covering for increasing the draft of a chimney or ventilator.
- a wire netting fastened to the top of the smokestack of a locomotive to prevent large sparks from being discharged; a spark arrester.
- to cover with or as if with a cowl.
- to put a monk's cowl on.
- to make a monk of.
Origin of cowl
before 1000; Middle English cou(e)le, Old English cugele, cūle < Late Latin cuculla monk's hood, variant of Latin cucullus hood
- Jane,1884–1950, U.S. actress and playwright.
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Examples from the Web for cowl
Whereupon I turned to the spying friar and said; 'Hand me your robe and cowl.'Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
I had divested myself of my monk's habit, and cut away the cowl from Madonna's.The Shame of Motley
Frey Bartolomeo shot a fierce glance at him from under his cowl.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
Meanwhile, remember our proverb that says, 'It's not the cowl makes the monk.'Diary And Notes Of Horace Templeton, Esq.
Charles James Lever
If you are still troubled, some other cowl must be causing it now.
- a hood, esp a loose one
- the hooded habit of a monk
- a cover fitted to a chimney to increase ventilation and prevent draughts
- the part of a car body that supports the windscreen and the bonnet
- aeronautics another word for cowling
- to cover or provide with a cowl
- to make a monk of
Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla cowl, from Latin cucullus covering, cap, hood
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Word Origin and History for cowl
Old English cule, from earlier cugele, from Late Latin cuculla "monk's cowl," variant of Latin cucullus "hood, cowl," of uncertain origin. Cowling is 1917 in the aircraft sense.
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