Definition of bat mitzvah in English:

bat mitzvah

Line breaks: bat mitz|vah
Pronunciation: /bɑːt ˈmɪtsvə


  • 1A religious initiation ceremony for a Jewish girl aged twelve years and one day, regarded as the age of religious maturity.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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