or yar·mel·ke, yar·mul·ka
[ yahr-muh l-kuh, -muh-, yah- ]
/ ˈyɑr məl kə, -mə-, ˈyɑ- /
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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Examples from the Web for yarmulke
If they were meaningful, we might have realized it before—surely one of these kids wore a cross, or a yarmulke, or a hijab?
An older bro wore a red bow tie and a yarmulke emblazoned with the “TEAM MITCH” logo as he stared down at his smartphone intently.
A psychiatric resident came in to speak with Dianne and the husband saw he was wearing a yarmulke.
Later, in French, he explains that he prefers to keep his yarmulke hidden.
British Dictionary definitions for yarmulke
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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Word Origin and History for yarmulken.
1903, from Yiddish yarmulke, from Polish jarmułka, originally "a skullcap worn by priests," perhaps ultimately from Medieval Latin almutia "cowl, hood."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Culture definitions for yarmulke
[ (yah-muh-kuh, yahr-muhl-kuh) ]
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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