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also yar·mel·ke  (yär′məl-kə, yä′məl-)
A skullcap worn by Jewish men and boys, especially those adhering to Orthodox or Conservative Judaism. Also called kippah.

[Yiddish, from Polish, yarmul̷ka and Ukrainian yarmulka, from Turkish yağmurluk, rain clothing, from yağmur, rain, from Old Turkic, from yağmaq, to rain.]


(Judaism) Judaism a skullcap worn by orthodox male Jews at all times, and by others during prayer
[from Yiddish, from Ukrainian and Polish yarmulka cap, probably from Turkish yaǧmurluk raincoat, from yaǧmur rain]


or yar•mel•ke

(ˈyɑr məl kə, -mə-, ˈyɑ-)

n., pl. -kes.
a skullcap worn by Jewish Orthodox or Conservative males, esp. during meals, prayer, and religious study.
[1940–45; < Yiddish yarmlke < Polish jarmułka (earlier jałmurka, jamułka) or Ukrainian yarmúlka < Turkic; compare Turkish yağmurluk rain apparel =yağmur rain + -luk]


A skullcap worn by Jewish men and boys.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yarmulke - a skullcap worn by religious Jews (especially at prayer)yarmulke - a skullcap worn by religious Jews (especially at prayer)
skullcap - rounded brimless cap fitting the crown of the head


nJarmulke f, → Gebetskäppchen nt
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