\ 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 Moral of the story: Never hire a drunk rabbi to perform a bris. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 In a bris, a baby is welcomed not just into one family but into a covenantal community. Aaron Regunberg, The New Republic, 13 Aug. 2021 Rabbi Yossi Friedman, executive director of Chabad of Alabama, said a bris is one of the oldest Jewish traditions. al, 8 May 2021 The practical conversations have ranged from how to safely perform an adult baptism to how to safely perform a Jewish bris ceremony, Galiatsatos said. Colin Campbell,, 26 Apr. 2021 What’s a euphemism for the drop-of-wine anesthetic at a bris? Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 27 June 2019

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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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13 Sep 2021

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“Bris.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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