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[Ashkenazic Hebrew bris; English bris]
noun Hebrew.
  1. Brith.
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or Berith, Brit, Bris

[Sephardic Hebrew breet; Ashkenazic Hebrew bris; English bris, brit]
noun Hebrew.
  1. the Jewish rite of circumcising a male child eight days after his birth.
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Compare Brith Milah.

Origin of Brith

bərīth literally, covenant
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brith (ˈbrɪt)

  1. Judaism ritual circumcision of male babies, usually at eight days old, regarded as the formal entry of the child to the Jewish community
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Word Origin for bris

from Hebrew, literally: covenant


  1. 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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