Adjective "kirpans" definition and examples

(Kirpans may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/kəːˈpɑːn/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A short sword or knife with a curved blade, worn (sometimes in miniature form) as one of the five distinguishing signs of the Sikh Khalsa.
  1. 'Recently, a Sikh student in Montreal was forbidden from attending his school if he wore his kirpan, a dagger Sikhs are obligated to carry as a part of their faith.'
  2. 'Believers also carry a knife - a kirpan - as one of five key emblems of their faith.'

More definitions

1. a small dagger worn by orthodox Sikhs.

More examples(as adjective)

"neighbourhoods can be kirpans."

Origin

(kirpan)From Punjabi and Hindi kiṛpān, from Sanskrit kṛpāṇa ‘sword’.