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kirpan

[ kir-pahn ]
/ kɪrˈpɑn /
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noun
a small dagger worn by orthodox Sikhs.
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Origin of kirpan

1900–05; <Punjabi and Hindi <Sanskrit kṛpāṇa sword
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How to use kirpan in a sentence

  • On his belt, along with his pistol, he wore the little kirpan, the dagger all Sikhs carry.

    Four-Day Planet|Henry Beam Piper
  • 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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