chup·​pah ˈḵu̇-pə How to pronounce chuppah (audio)
variants or huppah or less commonly chuppa
: a canopy under which the bride and groom stand during a Jewish wedding ceremony

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, juxtaposed to the Talmudic discussion of the seven blessings recited beneath the chuppah are the blessings recited at a burial (Ketubot 8a, 8b). Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 28 Nov. 2022 The pair's chuppah was adorned with colorful flowers that matched the theme of the reception. Charlotte Triggs, Peoplemag, 22 Aug. 2022 They got married under a chuppah in an intimate wedding in Northern California. Town & Country, 22 July 2022 Decorate with a Floral Arch From an Indian wedding to a Jewish chuppah, a floral arch is an adaptable piece of décor that is always stunning. Olivia Hosken, Town & Country, 4 Sep. 2021 Its leaves created a natural arc, symbolizing their own version of a chuppah. Shira Savada, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Mar. 2021 L’Atelier Rouge’s Caroline Bailly, who designed the florals for all their events, created interior floral arrangements and used white roses to decorate the chuppah’s poles. Belathée, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Oct. 2019 Cincinnati Enquirer Chana Wolfson, of Cincinnati, and Scott Smith, of New York City, were married on Thursday evening under a chuppah at French Park in Amberley Village. Byron Mccauley,, 20 Mar. 2020 The couple’s family arrived first, followed by Ross, who waited under the chuppah until Maya arrived with her veil over her face, in keeping with Jewish tradition. Vogue, 18 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History


Yiddish & Hebrew; Yiddish khupe, from Hebrew ḥuppāh

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chuppah was in 1876

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“Chuppah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or huppah also chuppa
: a canopy under which the bride and groom stand during a Jewish wedding ceremony

Yiddish; of Hebrew origin

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