[ zoo-ket-oh; Italian tsook-ket-taw ]
/ zuˈkɛt oʊ; Italian tsukˈkɛt tɔ /

noun, plural zuc·chet·tos, Italian zuc·chet·ti [tsook-ket-tee] /tsukˈkɛt ti/.

a small, round skullcap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics, a priest's being black, a bishop's violet, a cardinal's red, and the pope's white; calotte.

Nearby words

  1. zsigmondy,
  2. zu ʾlkaʿdah,
  3. zuccari,
  4. zuccaro,
  5. zucchero,
  6. zucchini,
  7. zuckerman,
  8. zug,
  9. zugspitze,
  10. zugzwang

Origin of zucchetto

1850–55; < Italian, variant of zucchetta, diminutive of zucca gourd, head, perhaps < pre-Indo-European *tjukka gourd

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Examples from the Web for zucchetto

  • The zucchetto, or pileolus, is removed at the end of the last secret prayer, and resumed after the ablutions.

    My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
  • Some one asked whether it was lawful for any one, not a bishop, to wear a zucchetto during the celebration of Mass.

    My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan

British Dictionary definitions for zucchetto


/ (tsuːˈkɛtəʊ, suː-, zuː-) /

noun plural -tos

RC Church a small round skullcap worn by certain ecclesiastics and varying in colour according to the rank of the wearer, the Pope wearing white, cardinals red, bishops violet, and others black

Word Origin for zucchetto

C19: from Italian, from zucca a gourd, head, from Late Latin cucutia gourd, probably from Latin cucurbita

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Word Origin and History for zucchetto



1853, from Italian zucchetta "a cap," originally diminutive of zucca "gourd, head," perhaps from Late Latin cucutia, of unknown origin.

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