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


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

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