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

  • n. In Conservative and Reform Judaism, a Jewish girl of 12 or 13 years of age, considered an adult and responsible for her moral and religious duties.
  • n. The ceremony that initiates and recognizes a girl as a bat mitzvah.
  • transitive v. To confirm in the ceremony of bat mitzvah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Jewish coming of age ceremony for a girl.
  • n. Someone who has come of age.
  • v. To initiate someone in a bat mitzvah ceremony

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. confirm in the bat mitzvah ceremony, of girls in the Jewish faith
  • n. (Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 12th birthday of a Jewish girl and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility

Etymologies

Hebrew bat miṣwâ : bat, daughter; see bn in Semitic roots + miṣwâ, commandment; see mitzvah.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hebrew בת מצוה‎ (Wiktionary)

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