Origin of shawlprobably via Urdu from Persian sh?l, after uncertain or unknown; perhaps Sh?li?t, town in India where produced
A woman wearing a red shawl.
An example of a shawl is what a woman may wear over a strapless dress to keep her shoulders warm.
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.
- Princess Mary threw a shawl over her head and ran to meet the newcomer.
- * The French shawl dance.
- A tradesman's wife was showing a rent in her shawl and telling how much the shawl had cost; another was saying that all silk goods had now got dear.
- The goats, generally black or parti-coloured, seem to be a degenerate variety of the shawl-goat.
- Suddenly her door opened softly and her old nurse, Praskovya Savishna, who hardly ever came to that room as the old prince had forbidden it, appeared on the threshold with a shawl round her head.