One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A skullcap worn in public by Orthodox Jewish men or during prayer by other Jewish men.
- ‘Then he wears one of those tight-fitting stocking hats, which is a mix of the Muslim taj, the Jewish yarmulka and black unemployed headgear.’
- ‘A Jewish student with a yarmulke stood up to proclaim, ‘We are all God's children.’’
- ‘If someone did make say something anti-Semitic, would I take the yarmulka off and walk around in a baseball hat the rest of my life?’
- ‘At some point, I decided to constantly wear a yarmulke (skullcap).’
- ‘One couple wore yarmulkes and carried a siddur; another couple looked like ordained ministers, but I didn't know for sure of which Christian denomination.’
- ‘One could also make a similar argument about religious garb, whether a yarmulke or full dress.’
- ‘Our seats were next to a pair of bearded gentlemen wearing yarmulkes - Orthodox Jews, by my measure.’
- ‘He even notes that Reform Jews are again emphasizing Hebrew, wearing yarmulkes, and keeping kosher.’
- ‘It is this principle that France is breaking when it forbids the wearing of headscarves by Muslim girls and of yarmulkes by Jewish boys in schools.’
- ‘Stuart did not strike him as being a religious man and so Rabbi Wade was surprised one day to see Stuart wearing a yarmulke (skullcap).’
- ‘The crowd, some wearing yarmulkes and prayer shawls, jumped to their feet cheering the hardline Israeli leader, waving Israeli flags and shouting ‘Amen.’’
- ‘The ban will likely include large Christian crosses, Jewish yarmulkes, Muslim hijabs and turbans worn by Sikhs.’
- ‘It is difficult for us to see any reason why a Jew may not wear his yarmulke in court, a Sikh his turban, a Muslim woman her chador, or a Moor his fez.’
- ‘The Chief Rabbi of France, Joseph Sitruk, has now suggested that Jews wear baseball caps instead of yarmulkes in public.’
- ‘The most common hat for men in the synagogue is a small round cap called a yarmulke or a kippah, but an ordinary homburg or street hat will be accepted.’
- ‘Since I arrived here my yarmulka got smaller, my clothing changed, my attitude towards tradition started plunging.’
- ‘Equally brilliant was his appearance in a yarmulke at the Wailing Wall.’
- ‘Male Orthodox Jews wear yarmulkas (or, in Hebrew, a ‘kippah’) to show deference to God above us.’
- ‘A Jewish student wearing a yarmulke at Yale University is attacked by a Palestinian in his dormitory.’
- ‘For example a person can be identified as Jewish by his yarmulke.’
Early 20th century: from Yiddish yarmolke.
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