Cowl


Cowl
/kowl/, n.
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 hooded cloak worn by monks, usually the same colour as the habit of the order. Originally a common outer garment worn by both men and women, it was prescribed by St. Benedict for the monks of his order (c. 530). In addition to the typical garment, the separate hood worn by Augustinians, the small hood attached to Franciscans' habits, and the large, pleated choir robe worn by English Benedictines are also called cowls.

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Universalium. 2010.

Synonyms:
(especially of a monk) /


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  • Cowl — • A hood worn in many religious orders Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Cowl     Cowl     † C …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Cowl — (koul), n. [AS. cuhle, cugle, cugele; cf. dial. G. kogel, gugel, OF. coule, goule; all fr. LL. cuculla, cucullus, fr. L. cucullus cap, hood; perh. akin to celare to conceal, cella cell. Cf. {Cucullate}.] 1. A monk s hood; usually attached to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowl — cowl1 [koul] n. [ME coule < OE cugle < LL(Ec) cuculla < L cucullus, cap, hood < ? IE base * (s)keu , to cover > SKY] 1. a) a monk s hood b) a monk s cloak with a hood 2. something shaped like a cowl; esp., a …   English World dictionary

  • cowl — (n.) O.E. cule, from earlier cugele, from L.L. cuculla monk s cowl, variant of L. cucullus hood, cowl, of uncertain origin. Cowling is 1917 in the aircraft sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • cowl — cowl·ing; un·cowl; cowl; …   English syllables

  • Cowl — Cowl, n. [Cf. OF. cuvele, cuvel, dim. of F. cuve tub, vat, fr. L. cupa. See {Cup}.] A vessel carried on a pole between two persons, for conveyance of water. Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowl — [kaul] n [: Old English; Origin: cugele, from Latin cucullus] 1.) a large ↑hood that covers your head and shoulders ▪ a monk in a dark habit and cowl 2.) a cover for a ↑chimney …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Cowl [1] — Cowl, Stadt, so v.w. Coel …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Cowl [2] — Cowl (ind. Gew.), so v.w. Chow …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • cowl — [ kaul ] noun count 1. ) a part of a piece of clothing that covers the head and shoulders, worn especially by MONKS 2. ) a cover for a CHIMNEY that improves the flow of smoke …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • cowl — ► NOUN 1) a large loose hood forming part of a monk s habit. 2) a hood shaped covering for a chimney or ventilation shaft. 3) another term for COWLING(Cf. ↑cowling). DERIVATIVES cowled adjective. ORIGIN Latin …   English terms dictionary