yarmulke

Alternative Spellings

yarmulkah, yarmlke, yarmulka, yamaka, yameka, yamakah, yameke, yamuka, yamukah

Definitions

  • religious skullcap

Example Sentences

  • "Don't forget your yarmulke."
  • Donald Trump is quoted as saying: "The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day." (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trumps-courtship-of-black-voters-hampered-by-decades-of-race-controversies/2016/07/19/d9822250-4d2e-11e6-aa14-e0c1087f7583_story.html)

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

יאַרמלקע yarmlke

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

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

Notes

Kippah has become more common among non-Orthodox Jews. According to Steinmetz's Dictionary of Jewish Usage, the Yiddish word yarmlke comes from Polish jarmulka, a kind of skullcap.

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