[ kou-ling ]
/ ˈkaʊ lɪŋ /


a streamlined metal housing or removable covering for an engine, especially an aircraft engine, often part of or forming a continuous line with the fuselage or wing.

Origin of cowling

First recorded in 1915–20; cowl + -ing1

Definition for cowling (2 of 2)


[ koul ]
/ kaʊl /


verb (used with object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cowling (1 of 2)


/ (ˈkaʊlɪŋ) /


a streamlined metal covering, esp one fitted around an aircraft engineAlso called: cowl Compare fairing 1

British Dictionary definitions for cowling (2 of 2)


/ (kaʊl) /


verb (tr)

to cover or provide with a cowl
to make a monk of

Word Origin for cowl

Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla cowl, from Latin cucullus covering, cap, hood
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