• n. A prayer quorum of ten Jews aged 13 or older (traditionally male; in some communities male or female).

  • n. A religious community.

  • n. A small service.

  • n. A quorum.

Example Sentences

  • "Which minyan do you go to?" "I go to Kehilat Hadar."

  • "Are you going to morning minyan?"

    Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
  • "We need 2 more to make a minyan."

  • "I'm going to the 7:20 minyan."

  • "Can you get to the synagogue? We need just one more for a minyan." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מנין

    • 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 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


  • plural: 'minyanim'

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