nounpl. -·tos or -·ti
[sometimes in italics] a skullcap worn by Roman Catholic prelates: an abbot's is black, a bishop's purple, a cardinal's red, and the Pope's white
Origin of zucchettoaltered from Italian zucchetta, a cap, origin, originally , diminutive of zucca, gourd from Late Latin cucutia
nounpl. zuc·chet·tos, or zuc·chet·ti
A skullcap worn by certain Roman Catholic clerics, varying in color according to rank.
Origin of zucchettoItalian variant of zucchetta diminutive of zucca gourd, head ; see zucchini .
worn by Cardinal John Njue, the Archbishop of Nairobi, Kenya
- A small skullcap worn by Roman Catholic clergy. The Pope's is white; a cardinal's red; a bishop's purple; and a priest's black.