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bat mitz·vah

or bat miz·vah (bät mĭts′və) or bas mitz·vah or bas miz·vah (bäs)Judaism
1. A Jewish girl of 12 or 13 years of age, considered an adult and responsible for observing religious law.
2. The ceremony that recognizes a girl as a bat mitzvah.
tr.v. bat mitz·vahed, bat mitz·vah·ing, bat mitz·vahs or bat miz·vahed or bat miz·vah·ing or bat miz·vahs or bas mitz·vahed or bas mitz·vah·ing or bas mitz·vahs or bas miz·vahed or bas miz·vah·ing or bas miz·vahs
To recognize as a bat mitzvah.

[Hebrew bat miṣwâ : bat, daughter; see bn in Semitic roots + miṣwâ, commandment; see mitzvah.]

Bat Mitzvah







(Judaism) (of a Jewish girl) having attained religious majority at the age of twelve
1. (Judaism) the date of, or, in some congregations, a ceremony marking, this event
2. (Judaism) the girl herself on that day
Also called (old-fashioned): Bas Mitzvah
[from Hebrew, literally: daughter of the commandment]

bat mitz•vah

(bɑt ˈmɪts və, bɑs)

also bas mitzvah

n. (often caps.)
1. a ceremony for a girl of 12 or 13, paralleling the bar mitzvah.
2. the girl participating in this ceremony.
[1945–50; < Hebrew bath miṣwāh]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bat mitzvah - (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 12th birthday of a Jewish girl and signifying the beginning of religious responsibilitybat mitzvah - (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 12th birthday of a Jewish girl and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
induction, initiation, installation - a formal entry into an organization or position or office; "his initiation into the club"; "he was ordered to report for induction into the army"; "he gave a speech as part of his installation into the hall of fame"
Verb1.bat mitzvah - confirm in the bat mitzvah ceremony, of girls in the Jewish faithbat mitzvah - confirm in the bat mitzvah ceremony, of girls in the Jewish faith
covenant - enter into a covenant
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