ku·​fi ˈkü-fē How to pronounce kufi (audio)
: a close-fitting brimless cylindrical or round hat

Examples of kufi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The look has become synonymous with the girl group and continues to be recreated today, even as a Halloween costume. 02 Queen Latifah in 1990 Queen Latifah embraced her heritage from the beginning of her career, proudly donning a colorful kufi and a matching outfit with statement gold earrings. Rebecca Aizin, Peoplemag, 29 Aug. 2023 Polite conversation soon turns edgy after Akbar explains his kufi was personally given to him by Louis Farrakhan — something that doesn’t sit well with Shelley (her comedic slow-burn anger is one of the things Louis-Dreyfus can play better than most actresses). Rene Rodriguez, Variety, 20 Jan. 2023 Near the Greenpeace booth, a makeup’d white guy dressed like Henry the VIII with an African kufi hat and a staff made of glass is hitting on Darcy. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 25 July 2022 The four-piece collection, with products named for the duo's songs and albums, features packaging with vintage photos of the duo in their famous eightball jackets and kufi caps, setting the retro tone of the products. Marci Robin, Allure, 23 Feb. 2020 Last year, for example, hijabs and kufi caps were added to The Sims 4. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2020 Maya Cooper was dressed in raspberry tights, gold chains and a blue kufi, a tableau that looked vaguely like vintage MC Hammer. Laura M. Holson, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2017 And 2016 was doubly exciting as Queen Bey, her mother Tina Knowles Lawson and Blue wore varsity jackets and kente kufi hats for a Salt-N-Pepa-themed look. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, 31 Oct. 2017

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Word History


ultimately from Arabic kūfīya kaffiyeh

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kufi was in 1981

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“Kufi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kufi. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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