Alternative Spellings

minion, minyen


  • prayer quorum of 10 Jews age 13 or older (traditionally male; in some communities male or female)
  • religious community
  • small service

Example Sentences

  • "Which minyan do you go to?" "I go to Kehilat Hadar." "Are you going to morning minyan?" "We need 2 more to make a minyan." "I'm going to the 7:20 minyan."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew



Who Uses This

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


North America


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).

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