or bar miz′vah
- a Jewish boy who has arrived at the age of religious responsibility, thirteen years
- the ceremony celebrating this event, with its attendant festivities
Origin of bar mitzvahYiddish bar-mitsve from Herew-Aramaic from Aramaic bar, son of + Classical Hebrew (language) mitsva, commandment
transitive verb-·vahed, -·vah·ing
or bar miz·vah Judaism
- A Jewish male of at least 13 years of age, considered an adult and responsible for observing religious law.
- The ceremony to recognize a boy as a bar mitzvah.
transitive verbbar mitz·vahed, bar mitz·vah·ing, bar mitz·vahs, or bar miz·vahed or bar miz·vah·ing or bar miz·vahs
Origin of bar mitzvahHebrew bar mi&slowdot;wâ Aramaic bar son bnHebrew mi&slowdot;wâ commandment ; see mitzvah .
(plural bar mitzvahs or b'nai mitzvah)
(third-person singular simple present bar mitzvahs, present participle bar mitzvahing, simple past and past participle bar mitzvahed)
- To initiate someone in a bar mitzvah ceremony
Hebrew בַּר מִצְוָה (“bar mitzvah, someone who has come of age”)