- 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.
shawl definition by Webster's New World
Origin: probably via Urdu ; from Persian shāl, after uncertain or unknown; perhaps Shāliāt, town in India where produced
shawl definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Persian shāl, ultimately from Sanskrit śāṭī, cloth, sari.