from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A cloth headdress fastened by a band around the crown and usually worn by Arab men.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of keffiyeh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Syria, a small shawl or scarf worn about the head, and bound with a colored cord.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an Arab headdress consisting of a square piece of cloth folded into a triangle and fastened over the crown by an agal


Arabic kaffīya, colloquial variant of kūfīya, perhaps from Late Latin cofea, helmet; see coif.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • As the merchant and I bargained about whether the kaffiyeh should be a dollar or two, I asked the older gentleman selling me the scarves why he would want to sell them at inflated prices to me.

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  • The hatemongering Malkin thinks that scarf looks like a kaffiyeh, which is worn in the Middle East.

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  • "The person manning the base gate thinks that anyone wearing a kaffiyeh is a terrorist," he insisted.

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  • "The person manning the base gate thinks that anyone wearing a kaffiyeh is a terrorist," the cousin continued.


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  • With a kaffiyeh draped around the collar of his borrowed camouflage jacket, he, along with his comrades, appear every inch the classic revolutionary.

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  • A scarf that was clearly not a kaffiyeh, which, by the way, is just a hat that Arabs wear, not some universal symbol of jihad.

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