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[noh-vee-nuh, nuh-]
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noun, plural no·ve·nae [noh-vee-nee, nuh-] /noʊˈvi ni, nə-/, no·ve·nas. Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers or services.
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Origin of novena

1850–55; < Medieval Latin novēna, noun use of feminine singular of Latin novēnus nine each
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noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)
  1. RC Church a devotion consisting of prayers or services on nine consecutive days
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Word Origin

C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin novem nine
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Word Origin and History for novena


1745, from Medieval Latin novena, fem. of Latin novenus "ninefold," from novem "nine" (see nine). Devotions consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.

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