or Mish·na

[English, Ashkenazic Hebrew mish-nuh; Sephardic Hebrew meesh-nah]

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 formsMish·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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1718, "of or belonging to the Mishnah," the collection of oral law which forms the basis of the Talmud, from Hebrew, literally "repetition, instruction," from shanah "to repeat," in post-Biblical Hebrew "to teach or learn (oral tradition)."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper