or Sha·vu·ot, Sha·vu·os, Sha·bu·oth, Sha·bu·ot

[Sephardic Hebrew shah-voo-awt; Ashkenazic Hebrew shuh-voo-ohs, -uh s]

noun Judaism.

a festival, celebrated on the sixth and seventh days of Sivan by Orthodox and Conservative Jews outside Israel but only on the sixth day by Reform Jews and Jews in Israel, that commemorates God's giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses.

Origin of Shavuoth

First recorded in 1890–95, Shavuoth is from the Hebrew word Shābhūʿōth literally, weeks
Also called Feast of Weeks, Pentecost. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shavuot

Contemporary Examples of shavuot

  • There is an odd convergence of themes around the festival of Shavuot.

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    Shavuot and Self-Immolation

    Shaul Magid

    May 14, 2013

  • In honor of the confluence of Memorial Day and Shavuot, Open Zion is taking the day off.

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    Happy Holidays

    May 28, 2012

  • She will celebrate Shavuot holiday in Israel and stay nine days total, during which she will travel and perform.

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    Israel Likes Arabic

    Orly Halpern

    May 24, 2012

British Dictionary definitions for shavuot




the Hebrew name for Pentecost (def. 2)

Word Origin for Shavuot

from Hebrew shābhū`ōth, plural of shābhūā` week
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shavuot

1892, from Hebrew šabuot, plural of šabua "week."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper