Definition of wimple in English:

wimple

noun

  • A cloth headdress covering the head, neck, and the sides of the face, formerly worn by women and still worn by some nuns.

    • ‘Cora refused to wear such a confining and uncomfortable article of clothing as the wimple, which wrapped around a woman's head and neck.’
    • ‘So it would appear that my chances of seeing a bearded man walking around in leather chaps and a latex nun's wimple are doubly-remote.’
    • ‘There's something about his knit cap with the hood covering it that looks as holy as a wimple.’
    • ‘Espidreen, no longer looking feminine, had exchanged her silks for a simple brown robe and wimple that covered her hair and made her look much like Giles, whose chainmail coif covered his own head.’
    • ‘Less problematic on the cleaning front, owing to the rougher fabric and darker colour, is the monastic habit - cowled brown with a rope for the lads, black-and-white with a wimple for the ladies.’
    • ‘In the seclusion of a monastery, a small group of Carmelite nuns tailor their own multi-layered habits - chocolate brown in colour, their wimples are pristine white, and the overlying veil is black.’
    • ‘When did I join the Amish community, sitting with my wimple on, shaking my head sadly at the waste and dissipation of the modern world?’
    • ‘Nuns in their blue-and-white wimples glide smiling to and fro, and there are dozens of foreign helpers, the seriously spiritually committed young who wash sheets and fetch water.’
    • ‘‘My mother will give you your first wimple and veil,’ she said flatly.’
    • ‘Maria runs off to the nunnery, blowing her nose on her wimple.’
    • ‘As a nun she is beatific, her head, in a wimple, tilted toward heaven, a prayer book clasped to her breast.’
    • ‘And will traditional Catholic nuns still be allowed to wear wimples?’
    • ‘One day, as she roams deep in the forest, ill with allergies and the flu, her sweat-shirt hood pulled tightly around her like a postmodern wimple, Ann experiences an apparition of the Virgin Mary.’
    • ‘Again we had to wait ages because we were so far away, but eventually he passed within a few feet of us and I caught a brief glimpse of his smiling face through the clouds of wimples and rosaries.’
    • ‘In the event, I was unable to attend as my wimple was at the cleaners.’
    • ‘It's hot and she looks a bit rosy under the wimple, but comfortable.’
    • ‘Saying that, I think I'd suit a wimple and I quite like navy.’
    • ‘If you drop in here, you honestly never know if you'll find me wearing a wimple or a bikini.’
    • ‘The nuns wore special garb that day in addition to their wimples, belts, beads and veils.’
    • ‘The lord had always thought it was a shame that women, in the most blossoming point in their life, had to bind their hair and hide it under wimples and veils.’

Origin

Late Old English wimpel, of Germanic origin; related to German Wimpel ‘pennon, streamer’.

Pronunciation

wimple

/ˈwɪmp(ə)l/