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[shi-kee-nuh, -kahy-; Sephardic Hebrew shuh-khee-nah; Ashkenazic Hebrew shuh-khee-nuh]
noun Theology.
  1. the presence of God on earth or a symbol or manifestation of His presence.
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Also She·ki·nah, Shechinah.

Origin of Shekhinah

First recorded in 1655–65, Shekhinah is from the Hebrew word shēkhīnāh
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Examples from the Web for shekinah

Historical Examples

  • How dare men and women trifle with the Shekinah of their lives?

    The Love Affairs of an Old Maid

    Lilian Bell

  • A current conventionalism in the synagogs was that the just would 'eat the Shekinah.'

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • The Shekinah has departed from Mount Zion, but its glory is illuminating the world.

  • It is the place where the Shekinah dwells and His secrets are made manifest.

  • The Shekinah was also associated with a divine radiance, or glory.


    W. G. (William George) Aston

British Dictionary definitions for shekinah


  1. Judaism a variant spelling of Shechina
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