• WordNet 3.6
    • n kirpan a ceremonial four-inch curved dagger that Sikh men and women are obliged to wear at all times
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In literature:

On his belt, along with his pistol, he wore the little kirpan, the dagger all Sikhs carry.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper

In news:

The Jurupa Unified School District board of education on Nov 19 approved a new district policy that will allow Sikh students to wear a kirpan to school but with strict restrictions.
School board to discuss Sikhs' ceremonial kirpans.
JURUPA VALLEY, Calif (AP) — A Southern California school district is allowing some Sikh students to carry an article of their faith — a dagger-like blade called a kirpan.
Duchon said parents of the Sikh students – many of whom attend the Inland area's largest Sikh temple in Jurupa Valley, – agreed to solder or sew the kirpans into the sheath.
Jurupa Unified School District in Southern California is allowing Sikh students to carry a dagger-like blade called a kirpan to school as part of their religious garment.