noun Yiddish.
  1. a white robe used by Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, as a ceremonial garment for men and as a burial shroud for both sexes: worn during worship on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, by a bridegroom during the wedding ceremony, and by the leader of the Seder on Passover.

Origin of kittel

Yiddish kitl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of kittel

  • In the dates given at the head of the chapters I follow Kittel, as a careful inquirer.

British Dictionary definitions for kittel


  1. a white garment used as a shroud or worn by traditional Jews on Yom Kippur

Word Origin for kittel

from German Kittel, smock
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