Definition of kippa in English:


(also kipah, kippah, kipa)


  • A skullcap worn by Orthodox male Jews.

    • ‘Once upon a time, it was common to see nonreligious male Jewish instructors wearing the kippa at work.’
    • ‘He was feeling proud of being Jewish and he started to wear a kippah every day.’
    • ‘It has also become custom to wear kippahs or yarmulkes of certain colours, sizes and materials as a sign of allegiance to a certain group.’
    • ‘It is then that he officially begins his Torah education, and starts to wear a kippah and tzitzit.’
    • ‘Meir Tulkoff, however, wears a gray suit, revealing the tzitzit, or fringes, worn by Orthodox Jews, and a black kippa under a black hat.’


From modern Hebrew kippāh.