or mits·vah

[Sephardic Hebrew meets-vah, mits-; English, Ashkenazic Hebrew mits-vuh]

noun, plural mitz·voth, mitz·vot, mitz·vos [Sephardic Hebrew meets-vawt, mits-; Ashkenazic Hebrew mits-vohs] /Sephardic Hebrew mitsˈvɔt, mɪts-; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪtsˈvoʊs/; English mitz·vahs [mits-vuh z] /ˈmɪts vəz/. Hebrew.

any of the collection of 613 commandments or precepts in the Bible and additional ones of rabbinic origin that relate chiefly to the religious and moral conduct of Jews.
any good or praiseworthy deed.

Nearby words

  1. mittimus,
  2. mitty,
  3. mitumba,
  4. mitumba mountains,
  5. mitzi,
  6. miwok,
  7. mix,
  8. mix and match,
  9. mix it up,
  10. mix tape

Origin of mitzvah

miṣwāh commandment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mitzvot


noun plural -vahs or -voth (Hebrew -ˈvɔt) Judaism

a commandment or precept, esp one found in the Bible
a good deed

Word Origin for mitzvah

from Hebrew: commandment

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Word Origin and History for mitzvot



Jewish rabbinical commandment, 1640s, from Hebrew mitzwah "commandment, precept," from base of tziwwah "he commanded," related to Arabic wasa "he bound, united."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper