Definition of cagoule in English:


(also kagoul)


  • A lightweight, hooded, thigh-length waterproof jacket.

    • ‘‘Riot gear’ appears in the form of high collar jackets, balaclava hooded cagoules and glazed cotton para parkas.’
    • ‘For boys, the range features a selection of outdoors clothes with drawstring trousers and kagouls.’
    • ‘This was our friend for the evening, the forlorn type who watches television with a thousand-yard stare, the rustling of his cagoule drowning out the voices in his head.’
    • ‘It was bucketing it down; the caravan site looked as if it had been hit by a mud slide; and we each needed two cardigans, a cagoule, thermal gloves and a balaclava to make it down to the seafront without contracting hypothermia.’
    • ‘The Baildon Ladies Circle will hand over kagouls, rucksacks and other equipment to the home on Owlet Road, after raising £100 with sponsored knit-ins, a jumble sale and toy sale.’
    • ‘But you may have to commit yourself to going on a ramble or wearing a cagoule up a windy hill.’
    • ‘Fortunately I'm not, and as we descend I can't stop a smile at the thought of the fitness fanatics shivering on the hillside with only their Lycra shorts and kagouls between them to keep the icy mountain winds from freezing them to the bone.’
    • ‘We sat outside my house for a couple of hours, then gathered the money into the front pocket on my cagoule, hid the box under the rosebush, and went home for tea.’
    • ‘I had barely started when the two matronly American ladies we'd seen in the tea shop, still in their kagouls, walked past me.’
    • ‘The few uninspired spectators who don't join in stand under their umbrellas with their cagoule hoods tightly wrapped around their heads, perhaps wishing they owned a summerhouse on one of the archipelago's 24,000 islands.’
    • ‘The attackers escaped with her light fawn plastic shopping bag, which contained her denim purse and cash and a white cagoule.’
    • ‘The man, 46, from Bedford, who is on his first trip to Glastonbury, came prepared in a cagoule and wellies said the weather was no great surprise.’
    • ‘In the image the 30-year-old is unshaven and wearing a blue cagoule.’
    • ‘Buoyancy aids should always be worn, and a cagoule will keep off the wind and water.’
    • ‘I was absolutely shattered, wearing a cagoule and a pair of sunglasses to hide the bags under my eyes.’
    • ‘I wonder if they can be trained to chase ramblers in their ridiculous coloured cagoules, and look for food under caravans.’
    • ‘And the poor woman who got the draw-cord of her cagoule caught in the taxi door and ended up running down the street being towed by the cab.’
    • ‘He was wearing a blue plastic cagoule with the hood up, pulled tight round his face, his paddles rhythmically hitting the cold water, constant as clockwork.’
    • ‘A Wroughton family are swapping their cagoules for koalas and kangaroos by moving to Australia next year.’
    • ‘Needless to say, any naked flames held too close to any one of the many cagoules in the building could cause a major fire incident in central Manchester.’


1950s: from French, literally ‘cowl’.