shivah

noun
shi·​vah
variants: or shiva or less commonly shive \ˈshi-​və \

Definition of shivah 

: a traditional seven-day period of mourning the dead that is observed in Jewish homes often used in the phrase sit shivah

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The family will sit shivah at the temple after the interment. Holly Otterbein, Philly.com, "Former GOP Congressman Jon Fox dead at 70," 12 Feb. 2018 The family will sit shivah at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Birnhak residence in Bala Cynwyd. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Marilyn Price Birnhak, 85, Weight Watchers of Philadelphia president and local philanthropist," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of shivah

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shivah

Hebrew shibhʽāh seven (days)

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