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1bar mitzvah

noun, bar mitz·vah often capitalized B&M \bär-ˈmits-və\

: 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
:  a Jewish boy who reaches his 13th birthday and attains the age of religious duty and responsibility
2
:  the initiatory ceremony recognizing a boy as a bar mitzvah
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Origin of BAR MITZVAH

Hebrew bar miṣwāh, literally, son of the (divine) law
First Known Use: 1816

2bar mitzvah

verb
bar mitz·vahedbar mitz·vah·ing

Definition of BAR MITZVAH

transitive verb
:  to administer the ceremony of bar mitzvah to

First Known Use of BAR MITZVAH

1947
BAR MITZVAHING Defined for Kids

bar mitzvah

noun , bar mitz·vah often cap B&M \bär-ˈmits-və\

Definition of BAR MITZVAH for Kids

1
:  a Jewish boy who at 13 years of age takes on religious responsibilities
2
:  the ceremony recognizing a boy as a bar mitzvah

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