bat mitzvah

1 of 2

noun

bat mitz·​vah bät-ˈmits-və How to pronounce bat mitzvah (audio)
variants or less commonly bas mitzvah
often capitalized B&M
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

bat mitzvah

2 of 2

verb

variants or less commonly bas mitzvah
bat mitzvahed also bas mitzvahed; bat mitzvahing also bas mitzvahing

transitive verb

: to administer the ceremony of bat mitzvah to

Word History

Etymology

Noun

Hebrew bath mişwāh, literally, daughter of the (divine) law

First Known Use

Noun

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bat mitzvah was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Bat mitzvah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bat%20mitzvah. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

bat mitzvah

1 of 2 noun
bat mitz·​vah bät-ˈmits-və How to pronounce bat mitzvah (audio)
variants also bas mitzvah
often capitalized B&M
1
: a Jewish girl who at about 12 years of age takes on religious responsibilities
2
: the ceremony recognizing a girl as a bat mitzvah

bat mitzvah

2 of 2 verb
variants also bas mitzvah
bat mitzvahed also bas mitzvahed; bat mitzvahing also bas mitzvahing
: to administer the ceremony of bat mitzvah to
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