Share this entry

minhag Line breaks: min¦hag
Pronunciation: /mɪnˈhɑːɡ/

Definition of minhag in English:

noun (plural same or minhagim mɪnˈhɑːɡɪm)

A custom or practice, especially one which has taken on the force of law.
Example sentences
  • Maybe in the future people will think the minhag is to wear sports shoes, for some obscure reason.
  • I parked precariously - one always does, although many people have the custom of double-parking, but that's not my minhag - just in front of a disabled space.
  • I mean, three times in as many weeks (Prince Harry, Labour pigs-might-fly campaign, and now Ken) - frankly, it's a minhag.


Hebrew minhāḡ 'custom, usage, conduct', from nāhaḡ 'to drive or lead'.

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...