bar mitzvah

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Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew בר מצווה \ בַּר מִצְוָה ‎(literally of the age of mitzvah).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌbɑː(ɹ)ˈmɪts.və/

Noun[edit]

bar mitzvah ‎(plural bar mitzvahs or b'nai mitzvah)

  1. (Judaism) A Jewish coming of age ceremony for boys.
  2. (Judaism) A boy who has come of age.

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Verb[edit]

bar mitzvah ‎(third-person singular simple present bar mitzvahs, present participle bar mitzvahing, simple past and past participle bar mitzvahed)

  1. (transitive, usually passive) To initiate someone in a bar mitzvah ceremony.
    He was bar mitsvahed at the Kotel.

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