WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bar mitz•vah /bɑr ˈmɪtsvə/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable;  often: Bar Mitzvah]
  1. a ceremony for admitting a boy of 13 as an adult member of the Jewish community.
  2. a boy participating in a bar mitzvah.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bar mitz•vah  (bär mitsvə  or, Ashk. Heb.r;[Seph.]Heb.r′ mēts vä),USA pronunciation (often caps.)[Judaism.]
  1. Judaisma solemn ceremony held in the synagogue, usually on Saturday morning, to admit as an adult member of the Jewish community a Jewish boy 13 years old who has successfully completed a prescribed course of study in Judaism.
  2. Judaismthe boy participating in this ceremony.
  3. Judaismto administer the ceremony of bar mitzvah to:Our son was bar mitzvahed at the family synagogue.Cf. bat mitzvah.
Also,  bar mizvah. 
  • Biblical Aramaic bar son + Hebrew miṣwāh divine law, commandment
  • 1860–65


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

Bar Mitzvah /bɑː ˈmɪtsvə/(sometimes not capitals) adj
  1. (of a Jewish boy) having assumed full religious obligations, being at least thirteen years of age
n
  1. the occasion, ceremony, or celebration of that event
  2. the boy himself on that day
Etymology: Hebrew: son of the law



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