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

  • n. A skullcap worn by certain Roman Catholic clerics, varying in color according to rank.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. small skullcap worn by Roman Catholic clergy


Italian, variant of zucchetta, diminutive of zucca, gourd, head; see zucchini.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian zucchetto, ultimately variant diminutive of zucca ("gourd, squash"), as in zucchini. (Wiktionary)



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  • "Later, with Tomas acting as his dresser, he robed himself in the uniform of his calling: cassock, crimson silk sash, zucchetto, pectoral cross."
    - 'The Colour Of Blood', Brian Moore.

    January 3, 2008