dayan

[ Sephardic Hebrew dah-yahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew dah-yawn ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew dɑˈyɑn; Ashkenazic Hebrew dɑˈyɔn /
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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

Definition for dayan (2 of 2)

Dayan

[ dah-yahn ]
/ dɑˈyɑn /

noun

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for dayan (1 of 2)

dayan

/ (dɑˈjɑn, ˈdɑjən) /

noun

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

Word Origin for dayan

from Hebrew, literally: judge

British Dictionary definitions for dayan (2 of 2)

Dayan

/ (daɪˈjɑːn) /

noun

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