bat mitzvah

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

Definition of bat mitzvah

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

Definition of bat mitzvah (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to administer the ceremony of bat mitzvah to

First Known Use of bat mitzvah

Noun

1910, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bat mitzvah

Noun

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

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bat mitzvah

noun, often capitalized B&M
bat mitz·​vah | \ bät-ˈmits-və How to pronounce bat mitzvah (audio) \
variants: also bas mitzvah \ bäs-​ \

Kids Definition of bat mitzvah

1 : a Jewish girl who at twelve or more years of age takes on religious responsibilities
2 : the ceremony recognizing a girl as a bat mitzvah

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