[Sephardic Hebrew dah-yahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew dah-yawn]

noun, plural da·ya·nim [Sephardic Hebrew dah-yah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew dah-yaw-nim] /Sephardic Hebrew ˌdɑ yɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew dɑˈyɔ nɪm/. Hebrew.

a judge in a Jewish religious court.
a person knowledgeable in Talmudic law whose advice on religious questions is often sought by rabbis.

Origin of dayan

dayyān judge




Mo·she [maw-she; English moh-shuh] /mɔˈʃɛ; English ˈmoʊ ʃə/, 1915–81, Israeli politician and military leader: defense minister 1967–74, foreign minister 1977–79. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • And no sooner had she got home, cooked the dinner, and fed the children, than she was off with the letter to the Dayan.

  • Of course, a Shochet sausage and a Dayan—no, that was very wrong!

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  • Taube left him, and resolved to go that evening to the Dayan.

  • "There is nothing in it for you, you wouldn't understand," replied the Dayan, with a smile.

  • Although he bore the modest title of judge229 (Dayan), he yet performed the various functions of a Gaon.

British Dictionary definitions for dayan



Judaism a senior rabbi, esp one who sits in a religious court

Word Origin for dayan

from Hebrew, literally: judge



Moshe (ˈmɒʃɛ). 1915–81, Israeli soldier and statesman; minister of defence (1967; 1969–74) and foreign minister (1977–79)
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