prayer shawl


Definition of prayer shawl

: tallit

Examples of prayer shawl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They have been evacuated from the temple and are resting in the empty upstairs bedroom of a congregant in Nevada, covered by a traditional white and blue tallit, or prayer shawl. Robin Estrin, Los Angeles Times, 10 Sep. 2021 His father’s tallit, the prayer shawl that some families also use as a covering in their children’s weddings. Washington Post, 14 July 2021 Becky draped a crocheted prayer shawl around her sister’s shoulders and smoothed Edith's hair away from her face., 18 Apr. 2021 Brad Gross sat on the couch in his Fisherville, Kentucky, home and could feel the weight of his grandfather’s tallit — a Jewish prayer shawl — hanging around his neck. Andre Toran, The Courier-Journal, 25 Mar. 2021 Many of those present had never seen a yarmulke and prayer shawl. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2020 Kerr had been visiting her mom to pick up prayer shawls to give to her patients at the ICU as a way to ease the pain of being at the hospital alone due to the hospital's visitor restrictions. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 12 Apr. 2020 That at times gives them the distasteful task of wrestling with demonstrators clad in prayer shawls, or facing down children who shout imprecations at them. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2020 Men in tallisim — the prayer shawls observant Jews wear — came up and danced with him in a circle around the Torah. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prayer shawl.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of prayer shawl

1892, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About prayer shawl

Time Traveler for prayer shawl

Time Traveler

The first known use of prayer shawl was in 1892

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near prayer shawl

prayer scarf

prayer shawl

prayer stick

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for prayer shawl

Last Updated

20 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Prayer shawl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for prayer shawl

prayer shawl


English Language Learners Definition of prayer shawl

: a shawl that is worn over the head or shoulders by Jewish men especially during morning prayers

More from Merriam-Webster on prayer shawl Encyclopedia article about prayer shawl


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!