[ki-boo ts, -boots]

noun, plural kib·but·zim [ki-boo t-seem] /kɪ bʊtˈsim/.

(in Israel) a community settlement, usually agricultural, organized under collectivist principles.

Nearby words

  1. kias,
  2. kiasu,
  3. kiaugh,
  4. kiawe,
  5. kibble,
  6. kibbutznik,
  7. kibe,
  8. kibei,
  9. kibi-,
  10. kibitka

Origin of kibbutz

1930–35; < Modern Hebrew kibuṣ; compare Hebrew qibbūṣ gathering

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British Dictionary definitions for kibbutz


noun plural kibbutzim (ˌkɪbʊtˈsiːm)

a collective agricultural settlement in modern Israel, owned and administered communally by its members and on which children are reared collectively

Word Origin for kibbutz

C20: from Modern Hebrew qibbūs: gathering, from Hebrew qibbūtz

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Word Origin and History for kibbutz



"Israeli collective settlement," 1931, from Modern Hebrew qibbus "gathering," earlier "a gathering together," verbal noun from root of qibbetz "he gathered together." Plural is kibbutzim. Related to Arabic quabada "he grasped, seized."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for kibbutz



plur. kibbutzim (ki-boot-seem)

A communal farm or settlement in Israel. Kibbutzim have helped build national spirit in Israel, and the residents have transformed barren land into fertile, crop-producing land.

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