from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The minimum number of ten adult Jews or, among the Orthodox, Jewish men required for a communal religious service.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The minimum number of ten adult Jews required for a communal religious service.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A quorum, or number necessary, for conducting public worship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Jewish use, count; number; specifically, the number of ten males above thirteen years of age required for public worship and other religious practices in the synagogue.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quorum required by Jewish law to be present for public worship (at least ten males over thirteen years of age)
Hebrew minyān, number, minyan, from Aramaic minyānā, from mənā, to count; see mnw in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hebrew מנין. (Wiktionary)