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minyan

[ Sephardic Hebrew meen-yahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English min-yuhn ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew minˈyɑn; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English ˈmɪn yən /
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noun, plural min·yan·im [Sephardic Hebrew meen-yah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew min-yaw-nim], /Sephardic Hebrew min yɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew mɪnˈyɔ nɪm/, English min·yans.Hebrew.

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.

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Origin of minyan

minyān literally, number

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH minyan

minion, minyan

Definition for minyan (2 of 2)

Minyan
[ min-yuhn ]
/ ˈmɪn yən /
Classical Mythology

adjective

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.

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for minyan

minyan
/ Hebrew (minˈjan, English ˈmɪnjən) /

noun plural minyanim (minjaˈnim) or minyans

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

Word Origin for minyan

literally: number
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