levaye

Alternative Spellings

levaya, levayah, l'vaya

Definitions

  • 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

Dictionaries

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

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