kippah

Alternative Spellings

kipa, kippa, kipah

Definitions

  • "small, round headcovering" (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Don't forget your kipah - we might stop at shul on the way home."

Languages of Origin

Modern Hebrew

Etymology

כיפה

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
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).

Notes

Called yahmulke / yarmulke in Yiddish (יאַרמלקע)

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