kavvanah

noun

kav·​va·​nah
variants or kawwanah
¦kävə¦nä
plural kavvanoth or kavvanot or kawwanoth or kawwanot
-¦nōt(h),
-ōs
Jewish religion
: intention to carry out a divine command or precept : devotion or fervor in prayer
the women prayed with complete kavvanah

Word History

Etymology

Hebrew kawanāh, from kawēn to devote, intend

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near kavvanah

Cite this Entry

“Kavvanah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kavvanah. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!