: 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 Videos of the Sabbath services captured jubilant students wearing yarmulkes and dancing. Emma Goldberg, New York Times, 28 May 2024 The man was leaving religious services and also wearing a yarmulke. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 On Wednesday, a couple of the activists on the lawn wore yarmulkes, as did many of the counter-protesters. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, Rabbi Ariel Stone, who leads a progressive congregation in Portland, says he’s heard of instances of overt antisemitism when people wear yarmulkes. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 The lawsuit also led to the NYPD changing its policy in 2020, to stop requiring people to remove religious head coverings such as hijabs or yarmulkes after their arrest, with limited exemptions if the covering obscured the individual’s facial features. Victoria Bisset, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2024 Advertisement Michalek turned back to the man in the yarmulke. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023 Here, young men wearing yarmulkes spend their days studying both the Torah and military strategy. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Recent antisemitic acts nationwide include graffiti and vandalism at Jewish stores, restaurants and institutions, shots fired in the vicinity of synagogues and assaults on people wearing yarmulkes, Star of David pendants or other Jewish apparel. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2023

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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 24 Jun. 2024.

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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

Yiddish yarmlke "yarmulke"

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