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tallith

or tal·lit, tal·lis

[Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lis; Sephardic Hebrew tah-leet]
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noun, plural tal·li·thim, tal·li·tim, tal·li·sim [Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-lee-sim, -ley-, tah-luh-sim; Sephardic Hebrew tah-lee-teem] /Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tɑˈli sɪm, -ˈleɪ-, ˌtɑ ləˈsɪm; Sephardic Hebrew tɑ liˈtim/. Judaism.
  1. a shawllike garment of wool, silk, or the like, with fringes, or zizith, at the four corners, worn around the shoulders by Orthodox and Conservative (sometimes also Reform) Jews, as during the morning service.

Origin of tallith

First recorded in 1605–15, tallith is from the Hebrew word ṭallīth literally, cover, cloak
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tallit

noun plural tallaisim (tæˈleɪsɪm) or tallites or tallitot (Hebrew -liːˈtɔt)
  1. a white shawl with fringed corners worn over the head and shoulders by Jewish males during religious services
  2. a smaller form of this worn under the outer garment during waking hours by some Jewish males

Word Origin

C17: from Hebrew tallīt
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