Definition of moshav in US English:

moshav

nounPlural moshavim

  • In Israel, a cooperative community of farmers.

    • ‘There are also moshavim, farming communities in which each family owns its own house and is responsible for its own land, but in which other functions, such as selling their products, are done collectively.’
    • ‘Unlike almost every other Israeli moshav, Meor Modiin had no basketball court nor soccer field.’
    • ‘The other 10 percent live in kibbutzim and moshavim (communal farms) or in small villages.’
    • ‘Immigrants accounted for 8% of the high school population; half were from the town and half from the surrounding moshavim (semi-cooperative villages), which do not receive new immigrants.’
    • ‘Bet Herut is a moshav, an agricultural community where profits are shared collectively.’
    • ‘They were religious or secular, Ashkenazi or Sephardic; from a city, a kibbutz or a moshav; Russian or native-born, etc.’
    • ‘Coops in Israel are part of a broad cooperative sector that also includes credit, housing, and consumer cooperatives and the famous cooperative agricultural settlements, kibbutzim and moshavim.’
    • ‘In fact, Israelis who established the 21 Jordan Valley settlements, for example, were primarily not religious settlers, but secular men and women who founded kibbutzim and moshavim for security reasons.’
    • ‘Naomi lives on a peaceful, rural moshav in the middle of the Jezreel Valley, far from the Green Line.’

Origin

From Hebrew mōšāḇ, literally ‘dwelling’.

Pronunciation

moshav

/mōˈSHäv/