a solemn ceremony, chiefly among Reform and Conservative Jews, that is held in the synagogue on Friday night or Saturday morning to admit formally as an adult member of the Jewish community a girl 12 to 13 years old.
the girl participating in this ceremony.
to administer the ceremony of bat mitzvah to.
Women, say, may organize a bat mitzvah there, and even wear a tallis (though tfilin are still up in the air, I believe).
Women: Talk To The Wall Bernard Avishai June 13, 2013
Was trying to buy something worthy of a bat mitzvah invite for my daughter at a top-of-the-line country club.
Holiday Coupon Generosity: A Christmas Miracle Jennifer Frey December 24, 2010
(of a Jewish girl) having attained religious majority at the age of twelve
the date of, or, in some congregations, a ceremony marking, this event
the girl herself on that day
1950, literally “daughter of command;” a Jewish girl who has reached age 12, the age of religious majority. Extended to the ceremony held on occasion of this.
bat mitzvah [(baht, bahs mits-vuh)]
An important ceremony and social event in Judaism marking the beginning of religious responsibility for Jewish girls; it is the less frequently observed counterpart of the bar mitzvah. Bat mitzvah is Hebrew for “daughter of the commandment.”
- Bat one thousand
Have a perfect record, as in In meeting deadlines, she’s batting one thousand. The term comes from baseball statistics, where it signifies getting a hit for every turn at bat. It was transferred to other activities in the 1920s.
- Bat one’s gums
bat one’s gums verb phrase (Variations: beat or hump or flap may replace bat; chops or jaw or jowls or lip may replace gums) To talk, esp idly or frivolously: He didn’t mean it—he was just batting his gums/ Well, you weren’t just flapping your lip that time (WWII)
- Bat out
Sports. the wooden club used in certain games, as baseball and cricket, to strike the ball. a racket, especially one used in badminton or table tennis. a whip used by a jockey. the act of using a club or racket in a game. the right or turn to use a club or racket. a heavy […]
- Bat one’s wings
bat one’s wings verb phrase To be futile; waste one’s effort: I’ve got to get people away from denial. Until I can do that I’m kind of batting my wings (1990s+)