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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A usually square, rectangular, or triangular piece of cloth worn as a covering for the head, neck, or shoulders.
  • transitive verb To cover with or as if with such a piece of cloth.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To wrap in a shawl.
  • noun 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.
  • noun a kind of rich shawl made in India from the wool of the Cashmere goat. It is woven in pieces, which are sewed together.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the Cashmere goat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Persian shāl, ultimately from Sanskrit śāṭī, cloth, sari.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

1662. From Persian شال (šâl).

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