- 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
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- 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
from Hebrew, literally: seven (days)
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