yar·​mul·​ke | \ ˈyä-mə-kə How to pronounce yarmulke (audio) , ˈyär-mə(l)-kə How to pronounce yarmulke (audio) \

Definition of yarmulke

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

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Its website features a video with tributes from years past, including glowing interviews with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani wearing a yarmulke and Joseph Lieberman, a former U.S. senator from Connecticut. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Local Yeshiva Has Ardent Fans and Critics," 17 Sep. 2018 Religious headwear like yarmulkes can also remain in place. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "National Anthem Etiquette: How to Properly Honor 'The Star-Spangled Banner'," 5 Nov. 2018 After a string of incidents, the brazen April assault in the German capital of a man wearing a yarmulke prompted demonstrations and a condemnation of the attack from Chancellor Angela Merkel. Kirsten Grieshaber, Fox News, "Jewish teens enlisted to fight anti-Semitism in Germany," 29 July 2018 Trying to identify middle-aged men, all sitting in front of me sporting yarmulkes covering varying degrees of male pattern baldness, and all wearing identical dark suits . . Sally Higginson, chicagotribune.com, "Column: I went to the funeral of a friend's mother — at least I thought I did," 19 Apr. 2018 The proceeds of the kippahs (Hebrew word for skullcap; referred to in Yiddish as yarmulke), benefit the construction of Chabad at Midtown's new Chabad Jewish Center which will be located in the Midtown Miami, Wynwood Art District and Edgewater area. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Pop artist, Chabad partner for kippahs project," 29 June 2018 Vallerius was still wearing his long reddish-brown beard on Tuesday, along with a yarmulke atop his head. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Dark web's 'OxyMonster' pleads guilty to narco-trafficking, faces 20 years in prison," 12 June 2018 Lawmakers say the new law isn’t intended to discriminate against religion, saying headscarves, turbans, and yarmulkes are still allowed. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Denmark bans the burqa," 1 June 2018 The wedding party sported navy blue dresses and yarmulkes (in a nod to the airline’s signature shade), and partygoers were seated with bag tags. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Delta-obsessed couple celebrates airline themed wedding," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of yarmulke

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yarmulke

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

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English Language Learners Definition of yarmulke

: a small round cap that is worn by some Jewish men

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