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kaffiyeh

Syllabification: kaf·fi·yeh
Pronunciation: /kəˈfē(y)ə
 
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(also keffiyeh)

Definition of kaffiyeh in English:

noun

A Bedouin Arab’s kerchief worn as a headdress.
Example sentences
  • His trademark Palestinian headdress, the keffiyeh, which he adopted in 1956 as a radical student, made him immediately identifiable and became part of the myths he wove about his life.
  • Old Arab men wearing keffiyehs swayed on their canes as they talked to their Jewish friends inside the kibbutz grounds.
  • The 51-year-old wore a white kaffiyeh and a white robe with square-rimmed glasses and a salt-and-pepper beard.

Origin

early 19th century: from Arabic keffiyya, kūfiyya.

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