Definition of shiva in English:

shiva

(also shivah)

noun

Judaism
  • [mass noun] A period of seven days' formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral:

    ‘Jews sit shiva for those who die’
    • ‘My husband and I immediately decided to invite her to sit shiva in our home.’
    • ‘Upon hearing the news, the families began sitting shiva, the Jewish mourning ritual.’
    • ‘The shiva was the worst period, the shloshim was very hard, and this stage is bad.’
    • ‘After shiva, my wife went to shul every day to say Kaddish.’
    • ‘A death is followed by a mourning period of seven days, a process called sitting shiva, during which friends and relatives pay visits to the family of the deceased and bring food.’
    grief, grieving, sorrowing, lamentation, lament, keening, wailing, weeping
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Origin

From Hebrew šiḇ‘āh seven.

Pronunciation

shiva

/ˈʃɪvə/

Definition of Shiva in English:

Shiva

(also Siva)

proper noun

Hinduism
  • A god associated with the powers of reproduction and dissolution.

Origin

From Sanskrit Śiva, literally the auspicious one.

Pronunciation

Shiva

/ˈʃiːvə/