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

  • n. A collective farm or settlement in modern Israel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A community, usually a village, based on a high level of social and economical sharing, equality, direct democracy and tight social relations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an Israeli communal{2} form of agricultural settlement. Originally it was predominantly agricultural and practiced a very high level of sharing, including collective rearing of children. More recently (by 1998) industries have taken over a significant role in the Kibbutz economy, and the level of sharing has dropped significantly.

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

  • n. a collective farm or settlement owned by its members in modern Israel; children are reared collectively


Hebrew qibbûṣ, gathering, from qibbēṣ, derived stem of qābaṣ, to gather; see qbṢ́ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew קיבוץ (kibúts), derived from the radix קבץ (kavatz). (Wiktionary)



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