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bat mitzvah

Pronunciation: /bɑːt ˈmɪtsvə/


1A religious initiation ceremony for a Jewish girl aged twelve years and one day, regarded as the age of religious maturity.
Example sentences
  • The Jewish ceremony of bat mitzvah marks the passage of a young girl into adulthood after a period of prescribed religious instruction.
  • Bar and bat mitzvahs are typically celebrated with a festive meal, with the family and friends of the bar mitzvah boy or bat mitzvah girl on hand to celebrate their entrance into adulthood.
  • For my bat mitzvah, I am expected to do a mitzvah project.
1.1A girl undergoing the bat mitzvah ceremony.
Example sentences
  • The subject came up by the bat mitzvah, herself, so no one could change the subject.
  • This year, our two oldest children, ages 13 and 12, became bar and bat mitzvah.
  • No, the child becomes bar or bat mitzvah, literally one who is of the obligations.


From Hebrew baṯ miṣwāh 'daughter of commandment', suggested by bar mitzvah.

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