[ shiv-uh ]
/ ˈʃɪv ə /

noun Judaism.


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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. 2020

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)
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