or Mish·na

[ English, Ashkenazic Hebrew mish-nuh; Sephardic Hebrew meesh-nah ]
/ English, Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈmɪʃ nə; Sephardic Hebrew miʃˈnɑ /

noun, plural Mish·na·yoth, Mish·na·yot, Mish·na·yos [English, Ashkenazic Hebrew mish-nuh-yohs; Sephardic Hebrew meesh-nah-yawt] /English, Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌmɪʃ nəˈyoʊs; Sephardic Hebrew miʃ nɑˈyɔt/, English Mish·nahs. Judaism.

the collection of oral laws compiled about a.d. 200 by Rabbi Judah ha-Nasi and forming the basic part of the Talmud.
an article or section of this collection.

Origin of Mishnah

First recorded in 1600–10, Mishnah is from the Medieval Hebrew word mishnāh literally, teaching by oral repetition

Related forms

Mish·na·ic [mish-ney-ik] /mɪʃˈneɪ ɪk/, Mish·nic, Mish·ni·cal, adjectivepost-Mish·na·ic, adjectivepost-Mish·nic, adjectivepost-Mish·ni·cal, adjective
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/ (ˈmɪʃnə, Hebrew miʃˈna) /

noun plural Mishnayoth (mɪʃˈnɑːjəʊt, Hebrew miʃnaˈjɔt)

Judaism a compilation of precepts passed down as an oral tradition and collected by Judah ha-Nasi in the late second century ad. It forms the earlier part of the TalmudSee also Gemara

Derived Forms

Mishnaic (mɪʃˈneɪɪk), Mishnic or Mishnical, adjective

Word Origin for Mishna

C17: from Hebrew: instruction by repetition, from shānāh to repeat
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