\ ˈbris How to pronounce bris (audio) \
variants: or less commonly briss

Definition of bris

: the Jewish rite of circumcision

Examples of bris in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leopoldstadt deserves a Broadway transfer, but New York audiences will hardly need Gretl to deliver her straight-to-auditorium explanation of what a bris is. Kate Maltby, The New York Review of Books, "Tom Stoppard’s Theatre of Memory," 14 Feb. 2020 In Squirrel Hill this Saturday, synagogue members were reported to have been celebrating a bris, the ritual circumcision of Jewish infant males, a ritual designed to help welcome a newborn into a new life, culture, and community. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "An assailant killed at least 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.," 27 Oct. 2018 After a full day attending a bris with one side of the family and a St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl with the other, Esther experienced some peculiar dreams. Washington Post, "The Style Invitational Empress discusses this week’s contest and results," 27 June 2019 Both the humor and the tension between the characters builds to a climax in which the play takes a serious tone as Alvarez (David) delivers a stirring speech as to why the bris is important to him. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Play takes a lighter look at the bris ceremony," 14 June 2018 The shooter attacked the Tree of Life synagogue during a bris, the ritual circumcision and party marking the entry of a new Jewish boy into the world. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 This would place the bris in the middle of our vacation. Philip Galanes, New York Times, "Is Extra Help Hurting My Friend With Autism?," 19 Apr. 2018 In the next room, friends, family, an unusual mohel and their baby boy are about to participate in a bris. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "Summer Shorts Festival means summer has arrived," 29 May 2018 His tales include Barry's comic look at his family's trip to Israel, his daughter's bat mitzvah, going to synagogue over the High Holy Days, his Passover seder and the bris (birth) of his Jewish grandson, among other stories. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Boca temple's upcoming events vary from fundraiser to Nuremberg discussion," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bris

circa 1934, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bris

Yiddish bris, short for bris-mile, from Hebrew bĕrīth mīlāh, literally, covenant of circumcision

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“Bris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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