- 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 of cowlMiddle 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 of cowlMiddle 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
- a. The hood or hooded robe worn especially by a monk.b. A cowl neck.
- 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.
transitive verbcowled, cowl·ing, cowls
Origin of cowlMiddle English coule, from Old English cugele, from Late Latin cuculla, from Latin cucullus, hood.
- A monk's hood or hooded robe
- A mask that covers the majority of the head.
- A metal protective covering that covers the engine; also cowling
- A usually hood-shaped covering used to increase the draft of a chimney and prevent backflow.
- (nautical) A ship's ventilator with a bell-shaped top which can be swivelled to catch the wind and force it below
- (nautical) A vertical projection of a ship's funnel that directs the smoke away from the bridge
From Middle English coule, from Old English cūle, from earlier cugele (“hood, cowl”), from Ecclesiastical Latin cuculla (“monk's cowl”)," from Latin cucullus (“hood”), of uncertain origin.