kirpan

[ kir-pahn ]
/ kɪrˈpɑn /
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noun

a small dagger worn by orthodox Sikhs.

Nearby words

  1. kirov,
  2. kirovabad,
  3. kirovakan,
  4. kirovograd,
  5. kirovohrad,
  6. kirribilli house,
  7. kirsch,
  8. kirschwasser,
  9. kirstein,
  10. kirstein, lincoln

Origin of kirpan

1900–05; < Punjabi and Hindi < Sanskrit kṛpāṇa sword

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Examples from the Web for kirpan

  • After all, a kirpan was a sidearm, and his religion required him to carry that.

    Four-Day Planet|Henry Beam Piper


British Dictionary definitions for kirpan

Kirpan

/ (kɪrˈpɑːn) /

noun

the short sword traditionally carried by Sikhs as a symbol of their religious and cultural loyalty, symbolizing protection for the weakSee also five Ks

Word Origin for Kirpan

Punjabi kirpān

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