Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Jewish male of at least 13 years of age, considered an adult and responsible for observing religious law.
  • noun The ceremony to recognize a boy as a bar mitzvah.
  • transitive verb To recognize as a bar mitzvah.

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  • noun Judaism A Jewish coming of age ceremony.
  • noun Judaism Someone who has come of age.
  • verb transitive To initiate someone in a bar mitzvah ceremony

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  • noun (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 13th birthday of a Jewish boy and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
  • verb confirm in the bar mitzvah ceremony, of boys in the Jewish faith

Etymologies

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

[Hebrew bar miṣwâ : Aramaic bar, son; see bn in Semitic roots + Hebrew miṣwâ, commandment; see mitzvah.]

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Hebrew בר מצוה

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