mishnah (MISH-nuh)
mishnah (mish-NAH)


  • n. An authoritative collection of exegetical material embodying the oral tradition of Jewish law and forming the first part of the Talmud.

  • n. A part, section, or piece of the Mishnah (generally uncapitalized)

Example Sentences

  • "Most passages in the Mishnah contain a dispute between different rabbinic sages." (source)

  • "Bli neder, I'll learn some mishnayos, but I can't take achraius for anyone else." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • מִשְׁנָה

    • 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



  • Plural mishnayot / mishnayes / mishnayos.

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