• n. White robe that is worn by religious Jews on Yom Kippur, when leading High Holiday services, when leading a Passover seder, by grooms at weddings, and as a burial shroud.

Example Sentences

  • "The chosson wears a white kittel to the chuppah. Some say the reason is because white resembles the day of death and it will cause the chosson to do teshuva." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • קיטל

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      kitel, kitl, kittle

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