Definition of mikveh in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmikvə/
(also mikva or mikvah)

noun (plural mikvehs or mikvahs or mikvoth /mēkˈvōt/ or mikvot /mēkˈvōt/ or mikvos /mēkˈvəz/ /-ˈvōs/)

A bath in which certain Jewish ritual purifications are performed.
Example sentences
  • Only mikvehs (ritual purification baths) will operate as usual.
  • The area is marked by many mikvehs, or ritual baths, in which every Jew entering the Temple area had to immerse.
  • Under the guidelines, new converts should spend at least a year engaged in Jewish study, face a panel of three rabbis or learned Jews and be immersed in a mikveh, or ritual bath.


Mid 19th century: from Yiddish mikve, from Hebrew miqweh, literally 'collection (usually of water)'.

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Syllabification: mik·veh

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