Definition of qawwal in English:



  • A performer of qawwali.

    ‘This was in evidence on December 6 when hundreds braved the biting cold to enjoy the rendition of two qawwals.’
    • ‘Initially the qawwalis will be sung by 10 groups of professional qawwals, all during peak morning and evening hours, said Sahil.’
    • ‘Capable but hardly outstanding qawwals, these two, and Sparkes ain't at his best either, amounting to a less than inspired album.’
    • ‘It has encouraged other traditional arts, too, like mirasis, bhands, qawwals and nakals.’
    • ‘He mastered the art of classical music and gave his maiden stage performance along with another noted qawwal when he was hardly 14.’



/kəˈwäl/ /kəˈwɑl/ /käˈwäl/ /kɑˈwɑl/


Urdu and Persian qawwāl, from Arabic, ‘reciter, chanter’ (see qawwali).