kib·​butz | \ ki-ˈbu̇ts How to pronounce kibbutz (audio) , -ˈbüts How to pronounce kibbutz (audio) \
plural kibbutzim\ ki-​ˌbu̇t-​ˈsēm How to pronounce kibbutz (audio) , -​ˌbüt-​ \

Definition of kibbutz

: a communal farm or settlement in Israel

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A kibbutz is a communal settlement in Israel in which all wealth is held in common and profits are reinvested in the settlement. The first kibbutz was founded in 1909; currently there are about 270, with a total population exceeding 120,000. Adults live in private quarters, while children are generally housed and cared for as a group. Meals are prepared and eaten communally. Members have regular meetings to discuss business and to take votes on matters requiring decisions. Jobs may be assigned by rotation, by choice, or by skill.

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Recent Examples on the Web But the kibbutz is situated on the edge of the Gaza Strip, inhabited just a few years before by Palestinians. John Hopewell, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 Adam Ziv, who grew up on a Galilee kibbutz, learned how to make gelato on a hitchhiking trip across Italy. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Hulio and Lavie’s version of the Silicon Valley story starts in a renovated chicken coop on a kibbutz in central Israel. Washington Post, 18 July 2021 Sirens were also reported to have sounded in Kfar Aza, a kibbutz in southern Israel, just 3 miles from the Gaza border. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 17 June 2021 Otto emigrated to Israel in 1949, joined a kibbutz and added the Hebrew name Dov. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 There’s the kibbutz in Israel, and the favela in Brazil. Marcus M. Gilban,, 3 June 2021 The couple—who met on a kibbutz in the 1980s and who, in 2016, signed up to the Giving Pledge, the philanthropic commitment created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to divest wealth—moved to Israel full-time in 2015. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2021 An op-ed in a kibbutz newspaper demanded to know how Israeli mothers could allow their children to be needlessly sacrificed in a futile war. Peter Keough,, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of kibbutz

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kibbutz

Modern Hebrew qibbūṣ

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The first known use of kibbutz was in 1926

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“Kibbutz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kibbutz

: a farm in Israel on which a group of people live and work together

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