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novena

[noh-vee-nuh, nuh-] /noʊˈvi nə, nə-/
noun, plural novenae
[noh-vee-nee, nuh-] /noʊˈvi ni, nə-/ (Show IPA),
novenas. Roman Catholic Church
1.
a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers or services.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Medieval Latin novēna, noun use of feminine singular of Latin novēnus nine each
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  • It does encourage the prayer that accompanies the statue, a novena that lasts for nine days.
British Dictionary definitions for novena

novena

/nəʊˈviːnə/
noun (pl) -nas, -nae (-niː)
1.
(RC Church) a devotion consisting of prayers or services on nine consecutive days
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin novem nine
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Word Origin and History for novena
n.

1745, from Medieval Latin novena, fem. of Latin novenus "ninefold," from novem "nine" (see nine). Devotions consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.

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