Definition of chuppah in US English:


(also chuppa)

Pronunciation /ˈKHo͝opə//ˈho͝opə/


  • A canopy beneath which Jewish marriage ceremonies are performed.

    • ‘A wedding is a soulful experience for the bride and groom, a new beginning through the spiritual union under the chuppah, the wedding canopy.’
    • ‘Once all were assembled, David brought out the rabbi and called on four friends to hold the chuppah poles for his marriage to Lois.’
    • ‘The weather was gorgeous, so the chuppah, a canopy under which the ceremony takes place, was on the lawn, and we sat in the sunshine as the couple were wed according to rituals that date back thousands of years.’
    • ‘As she and her now-husband stood under the chuppah, a half a dozen others were fighting for their lives and dozens and dozens more were in hospitals with untold injuries.’
    • ‘We marched and danced both bride and groom to the chuppah.’
    • ‘Perhaps if my unit had been able to capture that bomber on that fateful night, Dr. Appelbaum would have walked his daughter to the chuppa.’
    • ‘Ruth and Mona's Hindu-Jewish ceremony involved a chuppah, breaking glass, a three tier wedding cake, Vedic shlokas and jaimalas.’
    • ‘Come the night of the wedding and Rachel saw Leah being led to the chuppah.’
    • ‘On protecting the relationship: When you make your seven circles around your groom under the chuppah, the marriage canopy, remember you are carving out your private sphere as a couple.’
    • ‘The singing took a couple of minutes, so for a moment or two, we didn't have to focus on what was happening under the chuppah.’
    • ‘How could I have been moronic enough to think a relationship that began with a string of mini-abandonments and crossed wires would end under a chuppah?’
    • ‘The bond between husband and wife is somehow contained under the chuppah, while the ability to abrogate this bond is concretized in the divorce document.’
    • ‘It was, clearly, not a traditional wedding, although a Louisiana judge presided and it took place beneath a chuppa, the traditional Jewish tent that represents the home of the new family.’
    • ‘When my eyes got all watery during the Fiddler on the Roof chuppah scene, I looked over to find Alex, too, claiming that the room had just gotten a little ‘dusty’ right then.’
    • ‘The chatan, followed by the kallah, are usually escorted to the chuppah by their respective sets of parents.’
    • ‘Leah is publicly humiliated and runs away from the chuppah in tears.’
    • ‘Our wonderful community made a beautiful chuppah for us that day in our shul.’
    • ‘When he gets married, standing under the chuppah he breaks a glass to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, while the wedding party recites part of Psalm 137: ‘If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.’’
    • ‘Getting a Jewish man and woman together for a date, much less seeing them make it to the chuppah, is much more complicated.’
    • ‘Standing under the marriage canopy, the chuppah, surrounded by the faces of my family and the community, I felt the strength of their prayers and blessings.’


Late 19th century: from Hebrew ḥuppāh ‘cover, canopy’.