minyan

[Sephardic Hebrew meen-yahn; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English min-yuh n]
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.
  1. 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.
  2. such a group.

Origin of minyan

minyān literally, number
Can be confusedminion minyan

Minyan

[min-yuh n]Classical Mythology
adjective
  1. descended from Minyas.
  2. 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
  1. 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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minyan

noun plural minyanim (minjaˈnim) or minyans
  1. 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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