• n. The Jewish afternoon prayer service.

Example Sentences

  • "Are you davening Mincha today?"

  • "Do you think there'll be enough time between meetings to say Mincha?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • TH מִנְחָה minkha 'tribute, gift, offering' (because it corresponds to the daily afternoon offering in the temple during ancient times) > Y מנחה minkhe

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


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


      • 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).

      Alternative Spellings

      Minchah, Minkha, Minkhah, Minche, Mincheh, Minkhe, Minkheh, Minha, Minhah


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