yarmulke

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Borrowing from Yiddish יאַרמלקע ‎(yarmlke), from Polish jarmułka ‎(skullcap) or a Ukrainian cognate of the same. This is probably from the Turkish yağmurluk ‎(rainwear), though it could also be from Medieval Latin almutia ‎(hood, cowl). The term has been attested since 1903.

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Yarmulkes

yarmulke ‎(plural yarmulkes)

  1. A skullcap worn by religious Jewish males (especially during prayer).
    • 2007, Patricia Cohen, "The Frozen Dozen", New York Times, April 29,
      But once Dr. Levenson, who works for the Indian Health Service and wears a colorful tapestry yarmulke, has alerted the tiny network, it almost seems as if we have stepped into Yiddishland.

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  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition (1997)
  • yarmulke” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.