Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A square or oblong piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders.
  • transitive v. To cover with or as if with such a piece of cloth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A square or rectangular piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, and shoulders
  • v. To wrap in a shawl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A square or oblong cloth of wool, cotton, silk, or other textile or netted fabric, used, especially by women, as a loose covering for the neck and shoulders.
  • transitive v. To wrap in a shawl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Scotch form of shoal.
  • n. A square or oblong article of dress, forming a loose covering for the shoulders, worn chiefly by women.
  • To cover with a shawl; put a shawl on.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cloak consisting of an oblong piece of cloth used to cover the head and shoulders

Etymologies

Persian shāl, ultimately from Sanskrit śāṭī, cloth, sari.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1662. From Persian شال (šâl). (Wiktionary)

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