tzitzit

Alternative Spellings

tzitzis, tsitsit, tsitsis

Definitions

  • The fringes on a tallit (tallis) prayer shawl or on a tallit katan.
  • A garment worn under the shirt by Orthodox men and boys, with a tassel hanging down from each of the four corners.

Example Sentences

  • I am assuming that Shlomo is Orthodox because he wears a kippah and tzitzit.

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish

Etymology

ציצית

Who Uses This

Orthodox
Religious

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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