or yar·mel·ke, yar·mul·ka

[ yah-muh-kuh, -muhl-, yahr- ]

  1. a skullcap worn by Orthodox Jewish males, also worn by most Conservative and some Reform Jewish males during prayer.

Origin of yarmulke

First recorded in 1845–50 as jarmolka; from Yiddish yarmlke, from Polish jarmułka, jamułka (earlier jałmurka, ) or Ukrainian yarmúlka, from Turkic; compare Turkish yağmurluk “rain gear,” equivalent to yağmur “rain” + -luk noun suffix; or from Medieval Latin almutia, armutia, aumucia, almucia “(furred) hood, hooded cape”; see also almuce, amice2

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British Dictionary definitions for yarmulke


/ (ˈjɑːməlkə) /

  1. Judaism a skullcap worn by orthodox male Jews at all times, and by others during prayer

Origin of yarmulke

from Yiddish, from Ukrainian and Polish yarmulka cap, probably from Turkish yaǧmurluk raincoat, from yaǧmur rain

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Cultural definitions for yarmulke


[ (yah-muh-kuh, yahr-muhl-kuh) ]

In Orthodox Judaism and Conservative Judaism, a skullcap worn by men as a sign of reverence while praying to God or talking about him.

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