[Sephardic Hebrew tah-nah; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-nah]

noun, plural tan·na·im [Sephardic Hebrew tah-nah-eem; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tah-nah-im] /Sephardic Hebrew tɑ nɑˈim; Ashkenazic Hebrew, English tɑˈnɑ ɪm/. (often initial capital letter) Judaism.

one of a group of Jewish scholars, active in Palestine during the 1st and 2nd centuries a.d., whose teachings are found chiefly in the Mishnah.

Compare amora, sabora.

Origin of tanna

From the Hebrew word tannā teacher
Related formstan·na·i·tic [tah-nuh-it-ik] /ˌtɑ nəˈɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of tanna

  • I am told he pushed Kate to put the fear of God into the already weakened paparazzi by suing Tanna, the photographer, personally.

  • In his pictures, the whisperers note, she is always smiling, and Tanna seems to have a refined knowledge of where she will be.

  • So severe are the legal threats against Tanna he has put a virtual moratorium on his royal pictures.

Historical Examples of tanna