from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A skullcap worn by Jewish men and boys, especially those adhering to Orthodox or Conservative Judaism.
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- n. A skullcap worn by religious Jewish males (especially during prayer).
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- n. a skullcap worn by religious Jews (especially at prayer)
Yiddish, from Polish and Ukrainian yarmulka, possibly from Turkish yağmurluk, rain clothing, from yağmur, rain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish יאַרמלקע (yarmlke), from the Polish jarmułka ("skullcap"). This is probably from the Turkish yağmurluk ("rainwear"). The term is known from 1903. (Wiktionary)