kittel

kittel

[kit-l]
noun Yiddish.
a white robe used by Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, as a ceremonial garment for men and as a burial shroud for both sexes: worn during worship on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, by a bridegroom during the wedding ceremony, and by the leader of the Seder on Passover.

Origin:
Yiddish kitl

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kittel (ˈkiːtɛl)
 
n
a white garment used as a shroud or worn by traditional Jews on Yom Kippur
 
[from German Kittel, smock]

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kittel

in Judaism, a white robe worn in the synagogue on such major festivals as Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. The rabbi wears it, as does the cantor, the blower of the shofar (ritual ram's horn), and male members of Ashkenazi (German-rite) congregations. Before a Seder dinner, the leader of the Passover (Pesah) service dons a kittel, and in Orthodox communities the bridegroom wears it at his wedding. Pious Jews use the kittel as a burial shroud

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