Meaning of koppel in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒpl/


  • In Jewish usage: a skullcap worn by Jewish men during prayer and other religious services and rituals, and by strictly Orthodox Jewish men at all times; a yarmulke, a kippah.

    The word is now rare compared with yarmulke and kippah and is predominantly used in British Jewish communities and by some Orthodox Jews elsewhere.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Israel Zangwill (1864–1926), writer and advocate of Jewish causes. From Yiddish kapl, kapel skullcap from German (now regional) Kappel small cap, variant (without i-mutation of the stem vowel) of Käppel small cap from Kappe cap, hat + -el, suffix forming diminutives.