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

Examples of yarmulke in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then there were the anti-Semitic slurs yelled at an acquaintance wearing a yarmulke, the traditional Jewish head covering. Mallory Simon, CNN, 30 June 2021 Bennett still wears a small yarmulke, or skullcap — in Israel, normally a signifier of devout Orthodox Judaism — which clings to his bald pate in a precarious manner that even admirers sometimes lightly mock. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2021 Borgen, who is Jewish, was wearing a yarmulke and walking to a pro-Israel protest at the time. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 10 June 2021 Borgen, who was wearing a yarmulke, was knocked to the ground, punched, kicked, pepper-sprayed and hit with crutches during the assault, which was caught on bystander video. NBC News, 25 May 2021 Police sources told ABC News that the victim was wearing a yarmulke, a traditional Jewish head covering that's also called a kippa, and was on his way to a pro-Israel protest when he was jumped by the group, who pepper-sprayed him. Mark Crudele, ABC News, 21 May 2021 The man was wearing a yarmulke in video of the incident. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, 5 Apr. 2021 Many of those present had never seen a yarmulke and prayer shawl. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2020 Jones was seated across a mountain of toilet paper from Park, her mask pulled up on her head like a yarmulke. Amy Scattergood, Los Angeles Times, 8 May 2020

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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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“Yarmulke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yarmulke. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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