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


  • n. A small, round headcovering worn by Jewish men and sometimes women, either during prayer or always.

Example Sentences

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

    Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
  • "If you're going to wear the crocheted kipa, put another clip in it so it doesn't fly away." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Modern Hebrew


  • כִּפָּה kipá

    • 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


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


      • 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


  • plural: 'kipot' or 'kippas'

    See also yarmulke.

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