or bath mitz·vah, bas mitz·vah
[baht mits-vuh, bahs; Sephardic Hebrew baht meets-vah; Ashkenazic Hebrew bahs mits-vuh]Judaism.
- a solemn ceremony, chiefly among Reform and Conservative Jews, that is held in the synagogue on Friday night or Saturday morning to admit formally as an adult member of the Jewish community a girl 12 to 13 years old.
- the girl participating in this ceremony.
- to administer the ceremony of bat mitzvah to.
Compare bar mitzvah.
Origin of bat mitzvah
From the Hebrew word bath miṣwāh literally, daughter of the divine law
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- (of a Jewish girl) having attained religious majority at the age of twelve
- the date of, or, in some congregations, a ceremony marking, this event
- the girl herself on that day
Also called (old-fashioned): Bas Mitzvah
from Hebrew, literally: daughter of the commandment
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Word Origin and History for bas mitzvah
1950, literally "daughter of command;" a Jewish girl who has reached age 12, the age of religious majority. Extended to the ceremony held on occasion of this.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
[(baht, bahs mits-vuh)]
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