sheitel

noun shei·tel \ˈshātəl\

Definition of sheitel

plural

-s

  1. :  a wig worn by some Orthodox Jewish matrons in accordance with the tradition of covering the hair as a sign of modesty

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Origin and Etymology of sheitel

Yiddish sheytl, from Middle High German scheitel crown of the head, from Old High German skeitila; akin to Middle Low German schēdele crown of the head, Old English scēadan, scādan to divide, separate — more at shed


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