nounpl. me·chi·tzas or me·chi·tzot Judaism
- A partition erected in the seating section of an Orthodox synagogue to prevent the mixing of men and women.
- The structure defining the boundary of an eruv.
Origin of mechitzaMishnaic Hebrew m&schwa;&hlowdot;i&slowdot;&slowdot;â, partition, from Hebrew &hlowdot;a&slowdot;a&slowdot;, to divide; see &xlowdot;&slowdot;&slowdot; in Semitic roots.