tallis (TAH-liss) listen
tallit (tah-LEET) listen


  • n. Prayer shawl.

Example Sentences

  • "I forgot to bring my tallis to services yesterday."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • טלית

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • 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

      tallit, talis, talit


  • Plural among Sephardi/Israeli Hebrew speakers is 'tallitót' (טליתות), while among Ashkenazi Hebrew/Yiddish speakers it is 'taléysim' (טליתים).

    Sometimes also called tallit gadol / talit gadol to differentiate it from a talit katan.

    See also tzitzit and arba kanfot.

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