\ˈbris \
variants: or less commonly briss

Definition of bris 

: the Jewish rite of circumcision

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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 His articles included his funny perspective of his family's trip to Israel, his daughter's bat mitzvah, going to synagogue for the High Holy Days, the bris (birth) of his Jewish grandson and sharing his family's Passover seder. Marvin Glassman, Jewish Journal, "Humorous Haggadah to be discussed at South Florida JCCs," 12 Mar. 2018 Which is why next time you get invited to a dinner party—or a book club, or a bris, or whatever—you're going to just go ahead and show up with a platter of these bad boys, unbidden, and show the world what you're made of. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Cheesy Slice-and-Bake Crackers," 24 Oct. 2017 Those feelings, coupled with sleep deprivation and stress, culminated in a panic attack during his son’s bris. Douglas Quenqua, New York Times, "Can Fathers Have Postpartum Depression?," 17 Oct. 2017 And a week later, Henry was out of the hospital at his bris held at Temple Solel of Hollywood Florida. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "Miami Beach mayor Philip Levine is a new dad | Miami Herald," 10 Oct. 2017 A bris includes a circumcision performed by a mohel, or a ritual circumciser, and a baby naming. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "When Jewish Parents Decide Not to Circumcise," 25 July 2017

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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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