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Shpitzel

A shpitzel (Yiddish: שפּיצל‎, romanized: shpitzl) is a head covering worn by some married Hasidic women. It is a partial wig that only has hair in the front, the rest typically covered by a small pillbox hat or a headscarf.

Sheitel

Sheitel (Yiddish: שייטל‎, sheytl m.sg.; שייטלעך, sheytlekh m.pl. or שייטלען, sheytlen m.pl.; Hebrew: פאה נוכרית‎) is a wig or half-wig worn by some married Orthodox Jewish women in order to obey with the requirement of Jewish law to cover their hair.

Shpitzel

A partial wig that reveals the wearer's hair only at the front, worn by some married Hasidic women.

Sheitel

(among orthodox Ashkenazic Jews) a wig worn by a married woman.

Sheitel

(Judaism) A wig worn by married orthodox Jewish women.

Sheitel

(Polari) A wig (of any kind).
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