or shul·war

[ shuhl-wahr ]

noun(used with a plural verb)
  1. loose, pajamalike trousers worn by both men and women in India and southeast Asia.

Origin of shalwar

1880–85; <Hindi <Persian shalwār

Words Nearby shalwar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shalwar in a sentence

  • The shalwar is similar to the ordinary skirt only it is very short.

    Modern Persia | Mooshie G. Daniel

British Dictionary definitions for shalwar


/ (ˈʃælwɑː) /

  1. a pair of loose-fitting trousers tapering to a narrow fit around the ankles, worn in the Indian subcontinent, often with a kameez

Origin of shalwar

from Urdu and Persian shalwār

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