sheheheyanu

noun

she·​he·​he·​ya·​nu
variants or shehecheyanu
ˌshe(he)ḵəˈyä(ˌ)nü
plural -s
: a blessing pronounced by Jews on joyful occasions (as on the first night of a festival, at the first eating of a new fruit, on donning new clothes)

Word History

Etymology

Hebrew sheheheyānū, literally, who has kept us alive; from the seventh word of the blessing

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“Sheheheyanu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sheheheyanu. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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