One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A cloth headdress covering the head, neck, and the sides of the face, formerly worn by women and still worn by some nuns.
- ‘And will traditional Catholic nuns still be allowed to wear wimples?’
- ‘‘My mother will give you your first wimple and veil,’ she said flatly.’
- ‘Saying that, I think I'd suit a wimple and I quite like navy.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There's something about his knit cap with the hood covering it that looks as holy as a wimple.’
- ‘It's hot and she looks a bit rosy under the wimple, but comfortable.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 event, I was unable to attend as my wimple was at the cleaners.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘The nuns wore special garb that day in addition to their wimples, belts, beads and veils.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Cora refused to wear such a confining and uncomfortable article of clothing as the wimple, which wrapped around a woman's head and neck.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘If you drop in here, you honestly never know if you'll find me wearing a wimple or a bikini.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 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.’
Late Old English wimpel, of Germanic origin; related to German Wimpel ‘pennon, streamer’.
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