: a skullcap worn especially by Orthodox and Conservative Jewish males in the synagogue and the home

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One hostage was released about 5 p.m, and authorities were seen bringing a man wearing a black yarmulke out of the building. Dallas News, 17 Jan. 2022 At another large display of Taring Padi’s work, in a former swimming pool, a drawing of a figure wearing a round Indonesian cap was covered by the artists with black tape, lest the hat be mistaken for a yarmulke. Jason Farago, New York Times, 23 Sep. 2022 The bald guy brings me a prayer book and a white yarmulke with golden embroidery. Etgar Keret, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 By the Great Synagogue, a bald guy with a big black yarmulke stops us and mumbles something about a mitzvah. Etgar Keret, The New Yorker, 20 June 2022 One recent summer evening, as Rabbi Aiello, who wears a yarmulke and necklace with a small Star of David, walked by en route to the ancient neighborhood, a local resident, Emilio Fulvo leaped up from a bench to greet her. Frances D’emilio, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 July 2022 Most of the inking entries featured funny quotes, though for some, just the concept did the trick (e.g., Kevin Dopart’s Incompetent rabbi: wears a yarmulke with a propeller). Pat Myers, Washington Post, 26 May 2022 The May incidents included an attack on a man wearing a yarmulke in Times Square during a protest, in which the victim was pepper sprayed, punched, kicked and hit with crutches. Will Carless, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 Purim commemorates a miracle in which lives are saved because a tyrant is struck down, said Sveshnikov, who wore a blue suit and a yarmulke to the celebration Thursday night in Berlin. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Yiddish yarmlke, from Polish jarmułka & Ukrainian yarmulka skullcap, of Turkic origin; akin to Turkish yağmurluk rainwear

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yarmulke was in 1903

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“Yarmulke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yarmulke. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


yar·​mul·​ke ˈyäm-ə-kə How to pronounce yarmulke (audio) ˈyär-məl- How to pronounce yarmulke (audio)
: a skullcap worn especially by Jewish males

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