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 (kîr-pän′, kûr-)
A ceremonial dagger or sword with a curved blade that all observant Sikhs are required to wear.

[Punjabi kirpān and Hindi kr̥pān, both from Sanskrit kr̥pāṇaḥ, sacrificial knife, dagger; perhaps akin to kalpayati, he distributes, trims, cuts; see skel- in Indo-European roots.]


(Other Non-Christian Religions) the short sword traditionally carried by Sikhs as a symbol of their religious and cultural loyalty, symbolizing protection for the weak. See also five Ks
[Punjabi kirpān]
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Noun1.kirpan - a ceremonial four-inch curved dagger that Sikh men and women are obliged to wear at all times
dagger, sticker - a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
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The most troublesome for modern secular states is the kirpan, a short sword that initiates must keep on their person at all times for self-defence and, when required, for promoting justice.
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