plural noun
tzi·​tzit | \ ˈtsit-səs How to pronounce tzitzit (audio) , tsēt-ˈsēt How to pronounce tzitzit (audio) \
variants: or tzitzis or less commonly

Definition of tzitzit

: the fringes or tassels worn on traditional or ceremonial garments by Jewish males as reminders of the commandments of Deuteronomy 22:12 and Numbers 15:37–41

Examples of tzitzit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the rest of his time at Yeshiva, Singer would often wear his tzitzit on the outside of his shirt—though this was regarded as rebellious—for fear that Finkelstein might find an excuse to assault him again. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tzitzit

1675, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tzitzit

Hebrew ṣīṣīth

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“Tzitzit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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