Definition of circumcision noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌsɜːkəmˈsɪʒn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌsɜːrkəmˈsɪʒn//
[uncountable, countable] Operations, Religious ceremonies
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the act of circumcising somebody; the religious ceremony when somebody, especially a baby, is circumcised See related entries: Operations, Religious ceremonies Word OriginMiddle English: from late Latin circumcisio(n-), from the verb circumcidere, from circum ‘around, about’ + caedere ‘to cut’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: circumcision