tal·​lit | \ ˈtä-ləs How to pronounce tallit (audio) , ˈta-, -lət, -ləth \
variants: or less commonly tallis \ ˈtä-​ləs How to pronounce tallit (audio) \ or tallith \ ˈtä-​ləs How to pronounce tallit (audio) , ˈta-​ , -​lət , -​ləth \
plural tallitot\ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈtōt How to pronounce tallit (audio) \ or tallits\ ˈtä-​ləts How to pronounce tallit (audio) , ˈta-​ \ also tallises\ ˈtä-​lə-​səz How to pronounce tallit (audio) , ˈta-​ \ or talliths\ ˈtä-​ləths How to pronounce tallit (audio) , ˈta-​ \ or tallitim\ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈsēm How to pronounce tallit (audio) , -​ˈtēm , -​ˈthēm \ or tallisim\ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈsēm How to pronounce tallit (audio) , -​ˈtēm , -​ˈthēm \ or tallithim\ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈsēm How to pronounce tallit (audio) , -​ˈtēm , -​ˈthēm \

Definition of tallit

: a shawl with fringed corners worn over the head or shoulders by Jewish men especially during morning prayers

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Examples of tallit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Notwithstanding the position of Targum Yerushalmi that a tallit is specifically designed for men, and therefore prohibited to women, virtually all other authorities disagree (Targum Yerushalmi, Deuteronomy 22:5). Rabbi Avi Weiss, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Mar. 2022 Some attendees took turns cradling the scroll and carrying it beneath a tallit, or prayer shawl. Rachel Román, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Nov. 2021 Other precautions in place included mandatory masking and the omission of the hakafot, a procession of the Torah that would typically include people kissing it or placing their tallit on the Torah and kissing that. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 An antique silver clothing hanger that was likely used for a tallit, from a dealer in Fez, Morocco. Jennifer Alfano, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2018 Putting on a uniform included pulling a helmet over a yarmulke and strapping padding over a white, tasseled religious shawl, known as a tallit. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of tallit

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tallit

Hebrew ṭallīth cover, cloak

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“Tallit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tallit. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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