kaffiyeh

noun
kaf·​fi·​yeh | \ kə-ˈfē-ə How to pronounce kaffiyeh (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of kaffiyeh

: an Arab headdress consisting of a square of cloth folded to form a triangle and held on by a cord

Examples of kaffiyeh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So migration is a natural theme, pondered by such works as Khaled Barakeh’s combination of a life jacket and a kaffiyeh (a traditional scarf) and Said Baalbaki’s painting of a stack of suitcases. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: L.A. professor finds heavenly inspiration in Harvard Computers," 1 Nov. 2019 The blind former rebel chieftain, wearing his trademark kaffiyeh scarf, took the oath in a no-frills ceremony in a small office in the congress building. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Former Colombian Rebel Leader Takes His Seat in Congress," 11 June 2019 Johnnie, from Carlsbad, N.M., pointed out that Holmes fails to mention that the kaffiyeh has become associated with expressing solidarity with the Palestinian cause. New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 23 June 2017 If a white man wearing a kaffiyeh displays cultural appropriation, what about an Arab wearing a suit? New York Times, "Letters to the Editor," 23 June 2017 His bloody kaffiyeh still lay in the gutter outside. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS," 6 Feb. 2017 At least 60 extras dressed in hijabs, kaffiyehs and polyester-wool blend slacks were herded onto the set to simulate an average shopping day. Noah Shachtman, WIRED, "Mad Men vs. IEDs: Army Wants Anti-Bomb Ad Campaign in Afghanistan," 7 Oct. 2009

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First Known Use of kaffiyeh

circa 1817, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kaffiyeh

Arabic kūfīya, kaffīya, from al-Kufa Al-Kufa, town in Iraq

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The first known use of kaffiyeh was circa 1817

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21 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Kaffiyeh.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kaffiyeh. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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