• n. "Jewish circumcision." (Glinert)

Example Sentences

  • "I'll be in late today, Chris, I have to go to a bris." (Glinert)

  • "Although I don't know about the brit mila for conversion in particular, I would like to add that one of my nephews had medical issue when he was born and the actual circumsion was postponed until he was approx. a year old. But he still had a brit mila ceremony (about 10 days after birth) with an Orthodox Rabbi (Mohel) who explained to everything that that Brit Mila is not only about cutting but also about name giving (as this was when my nephew's "Hebrew" name was formerly announced to everyone)." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • TH ברית, 'covenant', מילה 'circumcision'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

      bris mile, bris


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