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  1. 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.

Origin of shawl

First recorded in 1655–65, shawl is from the Persian word shāl

Other words from shawl

  • shawlless, adjective
  • shawllike, adjective

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

How to use shawl in a sentence

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • "'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


/ (ʃɔːl) /

  1. a piece of fabric or knitted or crocheted material worn around the shoulders by women or wrapped around a baby

Origin of shawl

C17: from Persian shāl

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