- The definition of a shawl is a square piece of cloth worn to cover the head or shoulders.
An example of a shawl is what a woman may wear over a strapless dress to keep her shoulders warm.
A woman wearing a red shawl.
Origin of shawlprobably via Urdu ; from Persian shāl, after uncertain or unknown; perhaps Shāliāt, town in India where produced
transitive verbshawled, shawl·ing, shawls
Origin of shawlPersian shāl, ultimately from Sanskrit śā&tlowdot;ī, cloth, sari.
(third-person singular simple present shawls, present participle shawling, simple past and past participle shawled)
- To wrap in a shawl.