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Definition of "minyan" [min•yan]

  • The minimum number of ten adult Jews or, among the Orthodox, Jewish men required for a communal religious service. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "minyan" in a sentence
  • "A minyan is a quorum of at least 10 Jewish adults required for public worship."
  • "For example, you need at least 10 people, called a minyan, to say certain prayers."
  • "Mr. Staley also tells of the fun he had, in the early '90s, marshaling a "minyan" of Texans for the funds to "get I.B. Singer's archive out of New York.""