chup·​pah | \ ˈḵu̇-pə How to pronounce chuppah (audio) , -(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

Examples of chuppah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Kimmy Scotti and Adam Metzger's Halloween Wedding Was a Garden of Eden of Good & Evil," 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,, "Against backdrop of coronavirus, couple makes it to Cincinnati to marry," 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, "The Bride Designed Her Own Dress for Her Cliffside Wedding in Israel," 18 Nov. 2019 Rushefsky also unfurled a lace blanket — a wedding present to her mother that has been used in her family for years as a chuppah or special-occasion tablecloth. Lillian Reed,, "A century after their ancestors left Russia for Baltimore, descendants gather to share history and stories," 31 Aug. 2019 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., "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., "Philadelphia weddings: Ashley Carnes-Carelock and Nicholas Lucente," 15 June 2018

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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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The first known use of chuppah was in 1876

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“Chuppah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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