Definition of chawl in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃɔːl/
(also chal)


(In South Asia) a large building divided into many separate tenements, offering cheap, basic accommodation to labourers.
Example sentences
  • And we, who reside in the overcrowded chawls, we simply live.
  • They lived together in a room apartment in a chawl owned by the local touts.
  • When the textile mills were set up in Bombay the employers were required to provide housing in the form of chawls for their workers.


From Marathi cāḷ, denoting a long narrow building.

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