Bar Mitzvah Definition

bärmitsvə; Heb bäpmitsvä
bar-mitzvahed, bar mitzvahing, bar mitzvahs, bar-mitzvah
A Jewish male of at least 13 years of age, considered an adult and responsible for observing religious law.
American Heritage
A Jewish boy who has arrived at the age of religious responsibility, thirteen years.
Webster's New World
The ceremony to recognize a boy as a bar mitzvah.
American Heritage
The ceremony celebrating this event, with its attendant festivities.
Webster's New World

(Judaism) A boy who has come of age.

To recognize as a bar mitzvah.
American Heritage
To confirm (a boy) as a bar mitzvah.
Webster's New World
To initiate someone in a bar mitzvah ceremony.

Other Word Forms of Bar Mitzvah


bar mitzvah
bar mitzvahs

Origin of Bar Mitzvah

  • Hebrew bar miṭwâ Aramaic bar son bn in Semitic roots Hebrew miṭwâ commandment mitzvah

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Hebrew בַּר מִצְוָה (“bar mitzvah, someone who has come of age”)

    From Wiktionary

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