also sp. kef·fi′yah
A square of cloth, often embroidered, traditionally worn as a headdress by Arab men, either by winding it around the head or by folding it into a triangle, draping it over the head, and securing it with an agal. Also called shemagh.
Origin of keffiyehArabic k&umacron;f&imacron;ya, from feminine of k&umacron;f&imacron;, of Kufa, Kufic, from al-K&umacron;fa, Kufa, a city in central Iraq.
- A cloth worn on the head and about the neck by some Arab males, indoors and out.
From Arabic كوفية (kufíyya).