kaf·​fi·​yeh | \ kə-ˈfē-ə How to pronounce kaffiyeh (audio) \
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Definition of kaffiyeh

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

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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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