or shul·war

[ shuhl-wahr ]
/ ˈʃʌl wɑr /

noun (used with a plural verb)

loose, pajamalike trousers worn by both men and women in India and southeast Asia.

Origin of shalwar

1880–85; < Hindi < Persian shalwār Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shalwar

  • He was wearing the traditional Mehsud tribal dress of a shalwar kameez and a felt hat with a rolled up rim.

    We Never Kidnapped Greg Mortenson|Ron Moreau, Sami Yousafzai|April 18, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • The Shalwar is similar to the ordinary skirt only it is very short.

    Modern Persia|Mooshie G. Daniel

British Dictionary definitions for shalwar

/ (ˈʃælwɑː) /


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

Word Origin for shalwar

from Urdu and Persian shalwār
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