zuc·​chet·​to zu̇-ˈke-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce zucchetto (audio)
plural zucchettos
: a small round skullcap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics in colors that vary according to the rank of the wearer

Examples of zucchetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to his priestly robes, Pohlmeier wore a violet zucchetto, or skull cap, and a golden pectoral cross. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 30 May 2022 After a couple of minutes, he was given his own zucchetto, and left the stage, to applause. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 27 Oct. 2021 The first stop is a zimarra, fascia and zucchetto (a caped version of the long soutane, a belt and skullcap) worn by John Paul II. Rosemary Feitelberg | Wwd, latimes.com, 7 May 2018 Florence Cooper, a tourist from Vancouver, stumbled upon a group of them on Monday dressed in their distinctive black cassocks and scarlet buttons, fascias and zucchettos. New York Times, 9 May 2018

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Word History


Italian, diminutive of zucca gourd, head

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of zucchetto was in 1853

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“Zucchetto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zucchetto. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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