Bat Mitzvah Definition

bätmitsvə; Heb bätmitsvä
bat-mitzvah, bat mitzvahs
A Jewish girl of 12 or 13 years of age, considered an adult and responsible for observing religious law.
American Heritage
A Jewish girl who has arrived at the age of religious responsibility, usually 13 years.
Webster's New World
The ceremony that recognizes a girl as a bat mitzvah.
American Heritage
The ceremony celebrating this event, with its attendant festivities.
Webster's New World

(Judaism) A Jewish coming of age ceremony for a girl.

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

Other Word Forms of Bat Mitzvah


bat mitzvah
bat mitzvahs, b'not mitzvah

Origin of Bat Mitzvah

  • Hebrew bat miṭwâ bat daughter bn in Semitic roots miṭwâ commandment mitzvah

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

  • Hebrew בַּת מִצְוָה (bát mitsvá, “bat mitzvah, someone who has come of age”)

    From Wiktionary

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