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huppah

[Sephardic Hebrew khoo-pah; Ashkenazic Hebrew khoo -puh; English hoo p-uh] /Sephardic Hebrew xuˈpɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈxʊ pə; English ˈhʊp ə/
noun, plural Sephardic Hebrew, huppoth, huppot
[khoo-pawt] /xuˈpɔt/ (Show IPA).
Ashkenazic Hebrew, huppos
[khoo-pohs] /xʊˈpoʊs/ (Show IPA).
English, huppahs. Hebrew.
1.
a canopy under which the Jewish marriage ceremony is performed.
Also, chuppah.
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Examples for huppah
  • The couple exchanged their vows under a huppah made of two gilded trees bending toward each other.
British Dictionary definitions for huppah

chuppah

/ˈhʊpə/
noun (Judaism)
1.
the canopy under which a marriage is performed
2.
the wedding ceremony as distinct from the celebration
Word Origin
from Hebrew

huppah

/ˈhʊpə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of chuppah
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Encyclopedia Article for huppah

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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