(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.More 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)'.