Definition of brit milah in US English:

brit milah


  • The ceremony in which a Jewish male is circumcised, traditionally performed on his eighth day of life.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Jewish Quarterly Review. From Hebrew bĕrīṯ milāh covenant of circumcision, ceremony of circumcision from bĕrīṯ covenant + milāh circumcision (related to mōhēl). The β form reflects Ashkenazi pronunciation; compare bris.