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

Definition of kibbutz

: a communal farm or settlement in Israel

Keep scrolling for more

Did You Know?

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.

Examples of kibbutz in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

At night a thick smell filled his bachelor’s room on the edge of the kibbutz. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 When Marc, an Israeli transplant in Los Angeles, is implicated in a laundering scheme, the Solomons back on a Jordan River Valley kibbutz must try to make sense of the news. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "New in Paperback: ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness,’ ‘Where the Water Goes’," 11 May 2018 Ofri Cohen, a kibbutz nurse by day and an Instagram influencer by night (handle: @spotlighttime), sent a photo of one of Avnet’s dresses to Beyoncé’s stylist via DM, and a few months later Queen B wore it on tour. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "At Tel Aviv Fashion Week: Celeb-Beloved Designers, Young Talents, and Diverse Runways," 21 Mar. 2019 The official spoke to reporters at a kindergarten in a kibbutz that was struck by shelling a day earlier. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Hamas Declares Cease-Fire With Israel After Intense Fighting," 30 May 2018 On the Israeli side, civilians sought vantage points with binoculars and cameras, straining to see the action from kibbutz watchtowers or outcroppings of farmland. David M. Halbfinger, Iyad Abuheweila And Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "10 Killed in Gaza as Palestinian Protesters Face Off With Israeli Soldiers," 6 Apr. 2018 Israeli soldiers inspect a missile launched fro Gaza Strip inside a kibbutz in Israel near the border with Gaza, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Washington Post, "Israel strikes Hamas after heavy rocket attacks from Gaza," 20 June 2018 Israel’s Channel 2 News showed footage of dozens of residents of Nir Am, a kibbutz near the Gaza border that has been hit hard by the fire bombs, launching colorful balloons carrying candy toward Gaza. Wafaa Shurafa,, "Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark major feast," 15 June 2018 It was originally planned as an event under the stars in the Netivot area, near the Gaza border, but was relocated to the inland rolling hills and more contained circumstances of the Ella Valley winery, a kibbutz located near Bet Shemesh. David Patrick Stearns,, "Philadelphia Orchestra in Israel: Zahav's Michael Solomonov serves patrons 'Dinner in the Desert' as a capstone experience," 7 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kibbutz.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of kibbutz

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kibbutz

Modern Hebrew qibbūṣ

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about kibbutz

Dictionary Entries near kibbutz








Statistics for kibbutz

Last Updated

18 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for kibbutz

The first known use of kibbutz was in 1926

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for kibbutz



English Language Learners Definition of kibbutz

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on kibbutz

Spanish Central: Translation of kibbutz

Nglish: Translation of kibbutz for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of kibbutz for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about kibbutz

Comments on kibbutz

What made you want to look up kibbutz? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a small bunch of flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!