chuppah

noun
chup·​pah | \ˈḵu̇-pə, -(ˌ)pä\
variants: or or less commonly chuppa

Definition of chuppah 

: a canopy under which the bride and groom stand during a Jewish wedding ceremony

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There were little touches — my grandfather’s prayer shawl on our shoulders, my Great-Uncle Josef’s shawl on the top of our chuppah — to remind us of our ancestors, many of whom had suffered terribly. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 Their parents also escorted Ben and Moriah down the aisle to a chuppah painted by Moriah’s best friend Colleen, an artist. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 The event included a pride seder haggadah modeled after a Passover one, candles lit to represent the colors of the rainbow and a chuppah in which attendees stood under while healing prayers were uttered. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Synagogues celebrate LGBTQ community during Pride Month," 15 June 2018 The chuppah, a canopy that symbolizes the home, was held over the couple and Aniya by Ashley’s mom, Darmayne, and her sister Keihana, and Nick’s mom, Cindy, and brother Eric. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Ashley Carnes-Carelock and Nicholas Lucente," 15 June 2018 Scenes of her wedding in Zimbabwe, under a chuppah, in front of a house, with her husband and kids, surround me. Carolyn Twersky, The Cut, "Two Artists Rewriting the History of Interracial Marriage in Africa," 26 Mar. 2018 On the stage, Rebecca and Or’s closest friends and family members gathered underneath the chuppah—a white canopy with verdant foliage climbing up the structure. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "East Meets West at an Enchanting Wedding in Tel Aviv," 31 Oct. 2017 The couple's traditional chuppah was decorated with white and ivory florals and included prayer shawls from the bride and groom's family. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Wedded: Leah Pressman and Ori Lieberman rekindled their childhood friendship," 12 May 2017 The event featured a pride seder haggadah modeled after a Passover one, candles lit to represent the colors of the rainbow and a chuppah in which attendees stood under while healing prayers were uttered. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Temple Israel hosts annual Ru'ach Pride Seder," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of chuppah

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chuppah

Yiddish & Hebrew; Yiddish khupe, from Hebrew ḥuppāh

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