kip·​pah ˈkē-pə How to pronounce kippah (audio)
variants or kippa
plural kippahs or kippas or kippot ˌkē-ˈpōt How to pronounce kippah (audio)
: yarmulke
Goldberg attends a Conservative synagogue and one of her three children wears a kippah.Molly Boigon

Examples of kippah in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her son, Goldberg-Polin, wasn’t the only kid in class with a kippah. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 In another, he's seen with his doting parents, sporting a little kippah. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2023 Smotrich—who calls for the annexation of the West Bank and who once said that maternity wards in Israel should be segregated—attracted kippah-wearing Ashkenazi businessmen in the suburbs and the settlements. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2023 There were no indications of his former life—the large knitted kippah and long sidelocks that typify West Bank settlers. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2023 Li worked with Korean Canadian illustrator Sunnu Rebecca Choi to further make sure that the book was inclusive of race, religion and abilities, featuring characters in a wheelchair, wearing cochlear implants and donning a Jewish kippah. Tony Lee, NBC News, 20 Oct. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from Mishnaic Hebrew kippāh "arch, dome, yarmulke"

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kippah was in 1960

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Cite this Entry

“Kippah.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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