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[Sephardic Hebrew khoo-pah; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English khoo p-uh] /Sephardic Hebrew xuˈpɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈxʊp ə/
noun, plural chuppoth, chuppot
[Sephardic Hebrew khoo-pawt; Ashkenazic Hebrew khoo-pohs] /Sephardic Hebrew xuˈpɔt; Ashkenazic Hebrew xʊˈpoʊs/ (Show IPA).
English, chuppahs. Hebrew.
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British Dictionary definitions for chuppah


noun (Judaism)
the canopy under which a marriage is performed
the wedding ceremony as distinct from the celebration
Word Origin
from Hebrew
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Encyclopedia Article for chuppah

in a Jewish wedding, the portable canopy beneath which the couple stands while the ceremony is performed. Depending on the local custom and the preference of the bride and groom, the huppa may be a simple Jewish prayer shawl (tallit) suspended from four poles, a richly embroidered cloth of silk or velvet, or a flower-covered trellis. In ancient times huppa signified the bridal chamber, but the canopy now symbolizes the home to be established by the newlyweds. In popular usage the term huppa may refer to the wedding ceremony itself.

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