keffiyeh

(redirected from Kaffiya)

kef·fi·yeh

or kaf·fi·yeh (kə-fē′ə)
n.
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.

[Arabic kūfīya, from feminine of kūfī, of Kufa, Kufic, from al-Kūfa, Kufa, a city in central Iraq.]

keffiyeh

(kɛˈfiːjə) ,

kaffiyeh

or

kufiyah

n
(Clothing & Fashion) a cotton headdress worn by Arabs
[C19: from Arabic, perhaps from Late Latin cofea coif]
Translations
كوفية
kufiyyapalestinapañuelo palestino
keffiékeffieh
כאפיה
kefiah
arafatsjaal
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