Main definitions of shiva in US English:

: shiva1Shiva2

shiva1

(also shivah)

noun

Judaism
  • A period of seven days' formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral.

    ‘she went to her sister's funeral and sat shiva’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My husband and I immediately decided to invite her to sit shiva in our home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Upon hearing the news, the families began sitting shiva, the Jewish mourning ritual.’
    grief, grieving, sorrowing, lamentation, lament, keening, wailing, weeping
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Origin

From Hebrew šiḇ‘āh ‘seven’.

Pronunciation

Main definitions of shiva in US English:

: shiva1Shiva2

Shiva2

(also Siva)

proper noun

  • (in Indian religion) a god associated with the powers of reproduction and dissolution.

Shiva is regarded by some as the supreme being and by others as forming a triad with Brahma and Vishnu. He is worshiped in many aspects: as destroyer, ascetic, lord of the cosmic dance, and lord of beasts, and through the symbolic lingam. His wife is Parvati

Origin

From Sanskrit Śiva, literally ‘the auspicious one’.

Pronunciation