|tallit (ˈtælɪθ, Hebrew taˈliːt)|
|—n , pl tallaisim, tallites, tallitot|
|1.||a white shawl with fringed corners worn over the head and shoulders by Jewish males during religious services|
|2.||a smaller form of this worn under the outer garment during waking hours by some Jewish males|
|[C17: from Hebrew tallīt]|
prayer shawl worn by male Jews during the daily morning service (shaharit); it is also worn by the leader of the service during the afternoon service (minha). On Yom Kippur, males wear it for all five services and on Tisha be-Av only during the afternoon service
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