Yarmulke Definition

yärməl-kə, yäməl-
yarmulkes
noun
yarmulkes
A traditional skullcap worn by Orthodox Jewish men and boys: often Conservative and sometimes Reform Jewish males wear it at worship.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
yarmelkeyarmulka

Other Word Forms of Yarmulke

Noun

Singular:
yarmulke
Plural:
yarmulkes

Origin of Yarmulke

  • Borrowing from Yiddish יאַרמלקע (yarmlke), from Polish jarmuÅ‚ka (“skullcap") or a Ukrainian cognate of the same. This is probably from the Turkish yaÄŸmurluk (“rainwear"), though it could also be from Medieval Latin almutia (“hood, cowl"). The term has been attested since 1903.

    From Wiktionary

  • Yiddish from Polish Ukrainian yarmulka possibly from Turkish yağmurluk rain clothing from yağmur rain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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