zuc·​chet·​to | \ zu̇-ˈke-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce zucchetto (audio) , tsü- \
plural zucchettos

Definition of zucchetto

: 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 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, "The Met’s Costume Institute unveils ‘Heavenly Bodies’ exhibition during preview before the Met Gala," 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, "‘Extra’ Cardinals Invade the Vatican (Blessings Not Included)," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of zucchetto

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zucchetto

Italian, diminutive of zucca gourd, head

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“Zucchetto.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zucchetto. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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