yar·​mul·​ke | \ˈyä-mə-kə, ˈyär-mə(l)-kə \

Definition of yarmulke 

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

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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 The crowd is remarkably varied, ranging from gray-haired men in baseball caps and plaid shirts to fashionable young women to yarmulke-wearing members of the congregation to couples in their 70s. Kevin Lincoln, The Verge, "I went to Elon Musk’s Boring Company LA pep rally," 18 May 2018 Roston, a reed-thin woman with features as delicate as her crocheted yarmulke, obtained a license for a gun. Kimberly Winston, Houston Chronicle, "Whitefish Jews fight neo-Nazis with faith, peace and interfaith allies," 12 May 2018 My dad keeps a few yarmulkes in a drawer in the hallway console, between misplaced golf tees and a set of spare keys. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Walking Through the Past Into New Motherhood," 10 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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