The definition of a shawl is a square piece of cloth worn to cover the head or shoulders.noun
An example of a shawl is what a woman may wear over a strapless dress to keep her shoulders warm.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: prob. via Urdu < Pers shāl, after ? Shāliāt, town in India where produced
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Origin: Persian shāl, ultimately from Sanskrit śāṭī, cloth, sari.