or yar·mel·ke, yar·mul·ka

[ yahr-muh l-kuh, -muh-, yah- ]
/ ˈyɑr məl kə, -mə-, ˈyɑ- /

noun Judaism.

a skullcap worn, especially during prayer and religious study, by Jewish males, especially those adhering to Orthodox or Conservative tradition.

Origin of yarmulke

1940–45; < Yiddish yarmlke < Polish jarmułka (earlier jałmurka, jamułka) or Ukrainian yarmúlka < Turkic; compare Turkish yağmurluk rain apparel, equivalent to yağmur rain + -luk noun suffix of appurtenance
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British Dictionary definitions for yarmulke

/ (ˈjɑːməlkə) /


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

Word Origin for 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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