noun[mass noun] Judaism
A period of seven days' formal mourning for the dead, beginning immediately after the funeral: Jews sit shiva for those who die
More example sentences
- 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.
- My husband and I immediately decided to invite her to sit shiva in our home.
from Hebrew šiḇ‘āh 'seven'.
(also Siva /ˈsiːvə, ˈʃiːvə/) Hinduism
from Sanskrit Śiva, literally 'the auspicious one'.