Alternative Spellings

davven, daaven, dahven


  • pray; lead services

Example Sentences

  • "I need to daven before leaving for class."
  • "Who's davening musaf tomorrow?"
  • "Who's going to daven for the amud?"

Languages of Origin



דאַװ(ע)נען dav(e)nen, 'to pray' (used only in Jewish contexts; verbal stem is דאַװן davn)

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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