minyan

Pronunciations

minyan (MIN-yin)

Definitions

  • n. Prayer quorum of 10 Jews age 13 or older (traditionally male; in some communities male or female).

  • n. Religious community.

  • n. 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

Etymology

  • מנין

    • Who Uses This

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

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • 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

      minion, minyen

Notes

  • Plural minyanim.

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