[ Ashkenazic Hebrew bris; English bris ]
/ Ashkenazic Hebrew brɪs; English brɪs /

noun Hebrew.

Definition for bris (2 of 2)


or Berith, Brit, Bris

[ Sephardic Hebrew breet; Ashkenazic Hebrew bris; English bris, brit ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew brit; Ashkenazic Hebrew brɪs; English brɪs, brɪt /

noun Hebrew.

the Jewish rite of circumcising a male child eight days after his birth.
Compare Brith Milah.

Origin of Brith

bərīth literally, covenant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bris (1 of 2)


brith (ˈbrɪt)

/ (ˈbrɪs) /


Judaism ritual circumcision of male babies, usually at eight days old, regarded as the formal entry of the child to the Jewish community

Word Origin for bris

from Hebrew, literally: covenant

British Dictionary definitions for bris (2 of 2)


/ (brit) /


a variant of bris
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Word Origin and History for bris



Yiddish word for the circumcision ceremony, from bris milah, Ashkenazi pronunciation of brit milah "covenant of circumcision."

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