Definition of keffiyeh in English:


Line breaks: kef¦fi|yeh
Pronunciation: /kəˈfiː(j)ə
(also kaffiyeh)


A headdress worn by Arab men, consisting of a square of fabric fastened by a band round the crown of the head.
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  • 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.


early 19th century: from Arabic keffiyya, kūfiyya.

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