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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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He finally dropped the kirpan and wrapped his hands so tightly into the pant legs of Page, his fingernails peeled off when Page finally broke free from him.
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Nos sorprende el libro del profesor Palomino al incluir algunas imagenes de simbolos religiosos (velo islamico, kirpan sij, eruv judio), inusuales en trabajos juridicos, pero muy oportunas por la materia que se trabaja en este.
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The followers also keep embracing five Ks, the Kaccha (shorts), the Kanga (comb), the Karda (bracelet), the Kais (hair) and the Kirpan (sword).
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