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[ shiv-uh ]
/ ˈʃɪv ə /

noun Judaism.


Nearby words

shh, shia, shiah, shiai, shiatsu, shibah, shibah asar betammuz, shibboleth, shicer, shicker, shickered

Definition for shibah (2 of 2)


or shi·bah

[ shiv-uh ]
/ ˈʃɪv ə /

noun Judaism.

the mourning period, following the funeral and lasting traditionally for seven days, observed by Jews for a deceased parent, sibling, child, or spouse.
sit shivah, to observe this period.

Origin of shivah

From the Hebrew word shibhʿāh literally, seven Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for shibah


/ (ˈʃivɑ, ˈʃivə) /

noun Judaism

the period of formal mourning lasting seven days from the funeral during which the mourner stays indoors and sits on a low stool
sit shivah to mourn

Word Origin for shivah

from Hebrew, literally: seven (days)
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 shibah



seven days of mourning in Jewish religious custom, 1892, from Hebrew shibhah "seven," short for shibh'ath yeme ha'ebhel "the seven days of mourning."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper