noun, plural zuc·chet·tos, Italian zuc·chet·ti [tsook-ket-tee] /tsukˈkɛt ti/.
- a small, round skullcap worn by Roman Catholic ecclesiastics, a priest’s being black, a bishop’s violet, a cardinal’s red, and the pope’s white; calotte.
noun plural -tos
- RC Church a small round skullcap worn by certain ecclesiastics and varying in colour according to the rank of the wearer, the Pope wearing white, cardinals red, bishops violet, and others black
1853, from Italian zucchetta “a cap,” originally diminutive of zucca “gourd, head,” perhaps from Late Latin cucutia, of unknown origin.