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or yar·mel·ke, yar·mul·ka

[yahr-muh l-kuh, -muh-, yah-]
noun Judaism.
  1. a skullcap worn, especially during prayer and religious study, by Jewish males, especially those adhering to Orthodox or Conservative tradition.
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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


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

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 yarmulke


1903, from Yiddish yarmulke, from Polish jarmułka, originally "a skullcap worn by priests," perhaps ultimately from Medieval Latin almutia "cowl, hood."

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yarmulke in Culture


[(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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