Middle English Dictionary Entry

wimple n.
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Note: Cp. gimple n.
(a) A woman’s headdress covering the top, back, and sides of the head, including the cheeks and chin, and wrapped so as to cover the neck; also, a veil; also, a wimple as part of a nun’s official garb, bestowed ceremonially; haven the mantel and the ring and the ~ and the veil, to become a nun; (b) ?a kind of cloth used to cover the pyx; (c) hawk. ?a pattern or ruff of feathers covering the head and neck of a hawk; (d) in surname.