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