[ shawl ]
/ ʃɔl /


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

Related forms

shawl·less, adjectiveshawl·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shawl


/ (ʃɔːl) /


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

Word Origin for shawl

C17: from Persian shāl
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