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Alternative Spellings

brith, b'rit, brit, berit


  • circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it. Lit. covenant.

Example Sentences

  • "We perform a bris eight days after a baby boy is born."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish


Heb ברית brit, lit. 'covenant', Yiddish (Ashkenazi Heb) ברית bris

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).


shortened form of brit milá / bris míle (ברית מילה), mila referring to the act of circumcision

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