Bar-mitzvah meaning

bär mĭtsvə
A Jewish male of at least 13 years of age, considered an adult and responsible for observing religious law.
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The ceremony to recognize a boy as a bar mitzvah.
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To recognize as a bar mitzvah.
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A Jewish boy who has arrived at the age of religious responsibility, thirteen years.
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The ceremony celebrating this event, with its attendant festivities.
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To confirm (a boy) as a bar mitzvah.
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(Judaism) A boy who has come of age.
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(Judaism) A Jewish coming of age ceremony for boys.
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To initiate someone in a bar mitzvah ceremony.
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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