the fringes or tassels worn by Orthodox Jewish men, formerly on the corners of the outer garment, now on the four corners of the tallit: Deut. 22:12
Origin of tzitzitYiddish tsitses ; from Classical Hebrew (language) tsitsit, tassel (interpreted as plural in Yiddish) ; from tsits, blossom ; from root cc, to blossom, bloom
- The knotted tassels of thread, symbolizing the 613 commandments in the Hebrew Scriptures, attached to the corners of a tallit or other garment.
- An undergarment bearing these tassels, worn by men or boys. Used with a singular verb.
Origin of tzitzitHebrew &slowdot;î&slowdot;īt, tassel, fringe; see &slowdot;y in Semitic roots.