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shawl

[shawl] /ʃɔl/
noun
1.
a square, triangular, or oblong piece of wool or other material worn, especially by women, about the shoulders, or the head and shoulders, in place of a coat or hat outdoors, and indoors as protection against chill or dampness.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Persian shāl
Related forms
shawlless, adjective
shawllike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for shawls

shawl

/ʃɔːl/
noun
1.
a piece of fabric or knitted or crocheted material worn around the shoulders by women or wrapped around a baby
Word Origin
C17: from Persian shāl
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Word Origin and History for shawls
shawl
1662, originally of a type of scarf worn in Asia, from Urdu and other Indian languages, from Pers. shal, sometimes said to be named for Shaliat, town in India where it was first manufactured. Cf. Fr. châle, Sp. chal, It. scialle, Ger. Shawl (from Eng.), Rus. shal, all ult. from the same source. As the name of an article of clothing worn by Western women, it is recorded from 1767.
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Encyclopedia Article for shawls

shawl

square, oblong, or triangular protective or ornamental article of dress worn, generally by women, over the shoulders, neck, or head. It has been a common article of clothing in most parts of the world since antiquity. The period of the 19th century up to the 1870s, when the fashion silhouette changed, was known as the "shawl period" because women in Europe and America wore shawls with almost all their clothing. At the beginning of that century, shawls were a necessity in a fashionable woman's wardrobe because dresses were thin and decollete; it was a sign of gentility to wear a shawl gracefully.

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