bat mitzvah


1bat mitz·vah

noun, often capitalized B&M \bät-ˈmits-və\

: a ceremony and celebration for a Jewish girl usually on her 13th birthday when she takes on the religious duties and responsibilities of an adult; also : a girl for whom a bat mitzvah is held

Full Definition of BAT MITZVAH

1
:  a Jewish girl who at 12 or more years of age assumes religious responsibilities
2
:  the initiatory ceremony recognizing a girl as a bat mitzvah

Variants of BAT MITZVAH

bat mitz·vah also bas mitz·vah \bäs-\

Origin of BAT MITZVAH

Hebrew bath mişwāh, literally, daughter of the (divine) law
First Known Use: 1910

2bat mitzvah

verb
bat mitz·vahed also bas mitz·vahedbat mitz·vah·ing also bas mitz·vah·ing

Definition of BAT MITZVAH

transitive verb
:  to administer the ceremony of bat mitzvah to

Variants of BAT MITZVAH

bat mitzvah also bas mitzvah

First Known Use of BAT MITZVAH

1976

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