noun, plural no·ve·nae [noh-vee-nee, nuh-] /noʊˈvi ni, nə-/, no·ve·nas. Roman Catholic Church.
- a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers or services.
noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)
- RC Church a devotion consisting of prayers or services on nine consecutive days
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.