Shavuot

noun

Sha·​vu·​ot
variants or less commonly Shavuos or Shavuoth or Shabuoth
shə-ˈvü-ˌōt How to pronounce Shavuot (audio)
-ˌōth,
-ˌōs,
-əs
: a Jewish holiday observed on the sixth of Sivan and by Orthodox and Conservative Jews in the Diaspora also on the seventh of Sivan in commemoration of the revelation of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai

called also Pentecost

Examples of Shavuot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web No wonder the holiday of Shavuot, unlike all other festivals, is not tied to a historical event. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2023 Just over a month ago, the Goyim Defense League reportedly dropped flyers in Peabody on the Saturday that began the Jewish holiday Shavuot, which celebrates the revelation of the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 For most American Jews today, Shavuot is not exactly a big-ticket holiday. Laura Yares, The Conversation, 22 May 2023 The dairy component sets Shavuot apart from other Jewish holidays where meat traditionally takes center stage. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 25 May 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Hebrew shābhūʽōth, plural of shābhūaʽ week

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Shavuot was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Shavuot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Shavuot. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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