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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Jewish international service organization.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An independent Jewish order.

Etymologies

Hebrew bənê bərît, sons of (the) covenant : bənê, bound pl. of bēn, son; see bn in Semitic roots + bərît, covenant; see bry in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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