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 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 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,, 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, 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., 13 July 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 26 Oct. 2021.

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