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bar mitzvah

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noun bar mitz·vah \bär-ˈmits-və\

Simple Definition of bar mitzvah

  • : a ceremony and celebration for a Jewish boy on his 13th birthday when he takes on the religious duties and responsibilities of an adult; also : a boy for whom a bar mitzvah is held

Full Definition of bar mitzvah

  1. 1 :  a Jewish boy who reaches his 13th birthday and attains the age of religious duty and responsibility

  2. 2 :  the initiatory ceremony recognizing a boy as a bar mitzvah

Origin of bar mitzvah

Hebrew bar miṣwāh, literally, son of the (divine) law


First Known Use: 1816


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bar mitzvah

verb bar mitz·vah

Definition of bar mitzvah

bar mitz·vahedbar mitz·vah·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to administer the ceremony of bar mitzvah to



1947

First Known Use of bar mitzvah

1947


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