Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A seven-day period of formal mourning observed after the funeral of a close relative.

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  • noun a weeklong period of formal mourning for a close relative

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Yiddish shive, from Hebrew šib‘â, seven; see šbע in Semitic roots.]

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Hebrew  ("seven")

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