a square, triangular, or oblong piece of wool or other material worn, especially by women, about the shoulders, or the head and shoulders, in place of a coat or hat outdoors, and indoors as protection against chill or dampness.
- shawlless, adjective
- shawllike, adjective
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How to use shawl in a sentence
Wool sweaters exude coziness, but this one from Fjällräven takes cozy to a whole new level with its raised shawl neck.A Wool Sweater Will Always Be My Favorite Piece of Winter Gear | jeremyr | February 24, 2022 | Outside Online
The shawl, we learn, weaves its way through Mexican life, from its use as a baby carrier to a shroud used to bury the dead.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo | Liza Foreman | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Among the 50 new works included is a shawl made of used tea bags that resembles a ceremonial cloak.Shining a Spotlight on Mexico’s Iconic Textile—the Rebozo | Liza Foreman | June 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like that," she said, pointing to one of the women wearing a prayer shawl, "or like us?Talking to Women of the Wall's Ultra-Orthodox Teenage Protesters | Elisheva Goldberg | November 6, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ann Whiting, of Castle Rising, Norfolk presented the couple with a crocheted shawl which she had spent six months making.
And American Jews respond to that message—it makes them want to go put on a prayer shawl at the Western Wall in protest.
Jefferson Davis disguised himself in the hood, shawl, and dress of his wife in 1865.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
The mistress, with an expression of impatience, wrapped herself in her shawl and sat at the foot of the bed.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
Pop that shawl away in my castor, Dodger, so that I may know where to find it when I cut; thats the time of day!Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
"'Scuse me," Jake said, pulling a shawl more squarely around her shoulders and straightening her up.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Susy, also half dressed, and with a shawl wrapped round her shoulders, was carried out by Laidlaw.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for shawl
a piece of fabric or knitted or crocheted material worn around the shoulders by women or wrapped around a baby
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