A ceremonial dagger or sword with a curved blade that all observant Sikhs are required to wear.
Other Word Forms
Origin of kirpan
- Punjabi kirpān Hindi kr̥pān both from Sanskrit kr̥pāṇaḥ sacrificial knife, dagger perhaps akin to kalpayati he distributes, trims, cuts skel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition