bar mitzvah

noun, often capitalized B&M
bar mitz·​vah | \ bär-ˈmits-və How to pronounce bar mitzvah (audio) \

Definition of bar mitzvah

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bar mitzvah

verb
bar mitzvahed; bar mitzvahing

Definition of bar mitzvah (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to administer the ceremony of bar mitzvah to

First Known Use of bar mitzvah

Noun

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bar mitzvah

Noun

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

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“Bar mitzvah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bar%20mitzvah. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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bar mitzvah

noun
How to pronounce bar mitzvah (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bar mitzvah

: a ceremony and celebration for a Jewish boy at the age of 13 when he takes on the religious duties and responsibilities of an adult also : a boy for whom a bar mitzvah is held

bar mitzvah

noun, often capitalized B&M
bar mitz·​vah | \ bär-ˈmits-və How to pronounce bar mitzvah (audio) \

Kids Definition of bar mitzvah

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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