[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. cowled,
  2. cowley,
  3. cowley, abraham,
  4. cowley, malcolm,
  5. cowlick,
  6. cowlitz,
  7. cowlneck,
  8. cowman,
  9. coworker,
  10. coworking

Origin of cowling

First recorded in 1915–20; cowl + -ing1


[ 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


/ (ˈkaʊlɪŋ) /


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


/ (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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Word Origin and History for cowling



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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