Alternative Spellings

hupa, chupa, chuppa, huppa, huppah, khupe


  • wedding ceremony (not including reception)
  • "The Jewish wedding canopy; that is, the cloth under which the Jewish wedding ceremony is conducted." (JPS)

Example Sentences

  • "Are you going to Shaina's wedding?" "Just to the chuppah."
  • "The couple's chuppah is made of a tallis."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb חופה khupá, Yiddish חופּה khúpe

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


North America


Rosten: The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish: Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Glinert: The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Steinmetz: Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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