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 (mĭn′yən, mēn-yän′)
n. pl. min·ya·nim (mēn-yä-nēm′, mĭn-yô′nĭm) or min·yans (mĭn′yənz)
The minimum number of ten adult Jews or, among the Orthodox, Jewish men required for a communal religious service.

[Hebrew minyān, number, minyan, from Aramaic minyānā, from mənā, to count; see mnw in Semitic roots.]


(minˈjan; English ˈmɪnjən)
n, pl minyanim (minjaˈnim) , minyans
(Judaism) the number of persons required by Jewish law to be present for a religious service, namely, at least ten males over thirteen years of age
[literally: number]


(ˈmɪn yən, mɪnˈyɑn)

n., pl. min•yans, min•yan•im (ˌmɪn yɑˈnim)
the quorum of 10 adult Jewish males required by Jewish law to be present for public prayers.
[1750–60;< Hebrew, literally, number]
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Noun1.minyan - the quorum required by Jewish law to be present for public worship (at least ten males over thirteen years of age)minyan - the quorum required by Jewish law to be present for public worship (at least ten males over thirteen years of age)
quorum - a gathering of the minimal number of members of an organization to conduct business
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We have daily morning and evening minyans and, of course, Shabbat evening and morning services.
There were Jewish shops, Jewish butchers, daily minyans held in rooms above the stores, the sounds of Yiddish coming from behind counters--the rhythms of east European immigrant life against the backdrop of an earlier German and Sephardic establishment.
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