levaye

Pronunciations

levaye (leh-VAY-yuh) listen

Definitions

  • n. Funeral.

Example Sentences

  • "The levaye is at 3:00 PM with shiva at the house at 4:30."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb לוויה levayá (commonly הלוויה halvayá in Modern Hebrew) 'funeral', Yiddish לוויה leváye, derived from the Hebrew verb ללוות lelavót 'to accompany'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)

      Regions

      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand

      Dictionaries

      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).

      Alternative Spellings

      levaya, levayah, l'vaya

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