tal·​lit | \ ˈtä-ləs How to pronounce tallit (audio) , ˈta-, -lət, -ləth \
variants: or less commonly tallis \ ˈtä-​ləs How to pronounce tallis (audio) \ or tallith \ ˈtä-​ləs How to pronounce tallith (audio) , ˈta-​ , -​lət , -​ləth \
plural tallitot\ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈtōt How to pronounce tallitot (audio) \ or tallits\ ˈtä-​ləts How to pronounce tallits (audio) , ˈta-​ \ also tallises\ ˈtä-​lə-​səz How to pronounce tallises (audio) , ˈta-​ \ or talliths\ ˈtä-​ləths How to pronounce talliths (audio) , ˈta-​ \ or tallitim\ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈsēm How to pronounce tallitim (audio) , -​ˈtēm , -​ˈthēm \ or tallisim\ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈsēm How to pronounce tallisim (audio) , -​ˈtēm , -​ˈthēm \ or tallithim\ ˌtä-​lə-​ˈsēm How to pronounce tallithim (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 An antique silver clothing hanger that was likely used for a tallit, from a dealer in Fez, Morocco. Jennifer Alfano, WSJ, "Three Power Couples Discuss What It Takes to Collaborate Successfully," 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, "Skating, and Scoring, for God’s Glory," 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 12 Aug. 2020.

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