Alternative Spellings

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


  • 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



יאַרמלקע yarmlke

Who Uses This

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


North America


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)


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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