1. A cloth wound around the head, framing the face, and drawn into folds beneath the chin, worn by women in medieval times and as part of the habit of certain orders of nuns.
a. A fold or pleat in cloth.
b. A ripple, as on the surface of water.
c. A curve or bend.
v. wim·pled, wim·pling, wim·ples
1. To cover with or dress in a wimple.
2. To cause to form folds, pleats, or ripples.
1. Archaic To form or lie in folds.
2. To ripple.
[Middle English wimpel, from Old English; see weip- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)wimple
portrait of Margaret of Austria (1480-1530) by Bernard van Orley (1488-1551)
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