Definition of minyan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈminyən/

noun (plural minyanim /ˌminyəˈnēm/)

1A quorum of ten men (or in some synagogues, men and women) 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.
1.1A meeting of Jews for public worship.
Example sentences
  • Even the simplest routines are hard to return to after shiva, such as attending the first minyan in shul or the first P.T.A. meeting at a child's school etc.
  • He joined a morning minyan and started putting on tefillin.
  • The hospital's synagogue is on the same floor as Plastic Surgery, only a few steps from the department, and the boys have already been making an effort to attend minyanim.


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

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Syllabification: min·yan

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