Definition of sheitel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪt(ə)l/


(Among orthodox Ashkenazic Jews) a wig worn by a married woman.
Example sentences
  • Wry jokes are whispered; remarks are made about the wigs (called sheitels) that the married Orthodox women wear to avoid the ‘immodesty’ of displaying their real hair.
  • Married women wear a sheitel with their hair cropped short.
  • I'm men in shtreimels and women in funky sheitels, I'm English, I'm Jewish, I'm yiddishist, and maybe a little bit Israeli, and loud and quiet, and shy and confident, and sure and not sure.


Late 19th century: from Yiddish sheytl, from a Germanic base meaning 'crown of the head'.

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