n. Circumcision ceremony; the celebration surrounding it.
n. Covenant, agreement.
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
Heb ברית brit, lit. 'covenant', Yiddish (Ashkenazi Heb) ברית bris
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage
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- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003).
- 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).
Who Uses This
brith, b'rit, brit, berit
Shortened form of brit milá / bris míle (ברית מילה), mila referring to the act of circumcision. This word has multiple plurals: brisn / brisin / brisen (from Yiddish), brisim (from Ashkenazi Hebrew), britot (from Modern Hebrew), and brises (from English).
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