cowl definition by Webster's New World
- a monk's hood
- a monk's cloak with a hood
- something shaped like a cowl; esp.,
- a hood-shaped metal cover for the top of a chimney, used to increase the draft
- the part of an automobile body to which the windshield and dashboard are fastened
- a cowling
Origin: Middle English coule ; from Old English cugle ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin cuculla ; from Classical Latin cucullus, cap, hood ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form (s)keu-, to cover from source sky
Origin: Middle English covel ; from Old French cuvele or Old English cufel, cyfl, both ; from Late Latin cupella, diminutive of Classical Latin cupa, vat, tub: see cup
cowl definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The hood or hooded robe worn especially by a monk.b. A draped neckline on a woman's garment.
- A hood-shaped covering used to increase the draft of a chimney.
- The top portion of the front part of an automobile body, supporting the windshield and dashboard.
- The cowling on an aircraft.
Origin: Middle English coule, from Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla, from Latin cucullus, hood.