Definition of shawl noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃɔːl//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɔːl//
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a large piece of cloth worn by a woman around the shoulders or head, or wrapped around a baby Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Urdu and Persian šāl, probably from Shāliāt, the name of a town in India.Extra examples Ellianne wrapped the shawl around her shoulders. Ruth draped a shawl over her shoulders. She pulled her shawl about her protectively. She was wearing a shawl tied around her waist.
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