[Sephardic Hebrew meen-yahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English min-yuh n]
- the number of persons required by Jewish law to be present to conduct a communal religious service, traditionally a minimum of 10 Jewish males over 13 years of age.
- such a group.
Origin of minyan
minyān literally, number
[min-yuh n]Classical Mythology
- descended from Minyas.
- being or pertaining to a gray, wheel-thrown pottery produced in ancient Greece during the early part of the Helladic period, c2000 b.c.
- Minyans. Also Min·yae [min-yee] /ˈmɪn yi/. the descendants of Minyas who inhabited Orchomenus in Boeotia and Iolcus in Thessaly.
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Examples from the Web for minyan
There was scarcely a Minyan present at the evening services in the Shul.Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch
He was buried with full Jewish rites, a "Minyan" from the battalion attending.With the Judans in the Palestine Campaign
J. H. (John Henry) Patterson
Date uncertain, but in Boeotia evidence that it ended before rise of 'Minyan' ware.
Then he left his home and fled from horse-rearing Argos and came to Minyan Orchomenus.Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica
Homer and Hesiod
"The Minyan is there," and Mattes pointed his finger at the thatched roofs shining in the sunset.Yiddish Tales
- the number of persons required by Jewish law to be present for a religious service, namely, at least ten males over thirteen years of age
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