Definition of bar mitzvah noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    bar mitzvah

    BrE BrE//ˌbɑː ˈmɪtsvə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌbɑːr ˈmɪtsvə//
    Religious ceremonies
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  1. 1a ceremony and celebration for a Jewish boy who has reached the age of 13, at which he accepts the religious responsibilities of an adult See related entries: Religious ceremonies
  2. 2the boy who is celebrating this occasion compare bat mitzvah
  3. Word Originfrom Hebrew bar miṣwāh, literally ‘son of the commandment’.
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