a small dagger worn by orthodox Sikhs.

Origin of kirpan

1900–05; < Punjabi and Hindi < Sanskrit kṛpāṇa sword Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of 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



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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