Definition of dayan in English:

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Pronunciation: /daˈjɑːn/

noun (plural dayanim /daˈjɑːnɪm/)

A religious judge, in particular one in a rabbinic court.
Example sentences
  • However provoked, the dayanim adjourned without a decision and set a date for a second trial.
  • Now we are encouraging them to appoint dayanim who are open to social change and ready to fight for it.
  • During the vigil a representative of the Beth Din invited participants inside to meet the dayanim.


From Hebrew dayyān, from dān 'to judge'.

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