kippah

Pronunciations

kippah (KEE-puh)
kippah (kee-PAH)

Definitions

  • n. "Small, round headcovering." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Don't forget your kippah--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).

      Alternative Spellings

      kipah, kippa, kipa

Notes

  • Plural kippot / kipot or kippahs

    See also yarmulke.

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