Definition of minyan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɪnjən/

noun (plural minyanim /ˈmɪnjənɪm/)

A quorum of ten men over the age of 13 required for traditional Jewish public worship.
Example sentences
  • The minimum number required for Jewish worship, a minyan, is ten.
  • The Kaddish is to be recited only in the presence of a duly constituted quorum, a minyan, which consists of ten males above the age of Bar Mitzvah.
  • Therefore, the regular Orders of Service should be recited, if possible, with a minyan of participants, defined in tradition as ten or more male Jews of the age of 13 or over.


Mid 18th century: from Hebrew minyān, literally 'reckoning'.

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