sheitel

noun
shei·​tel | \ ˈshātᵊl \
plural -s

Definition of sheitel

: 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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History and Etymology for 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

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“Sheitel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheitel. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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