Definition of mikva in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪkvə/


A bath in which certain Jewish ritual purifications are performed.
Example sentences
  • A special blessing is pronounced before entering the mikva, emphasizing the holy nature of this precept.
  • We can build thousands of synagogues, mikvas, cemeteries and hotels, as well as tens of thousands of homes.
  • As an unmarried, not traditionally observant woman, I had never actually been to a mikva and always assumed my first visit would be on the eve of my wedding.


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

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