Definitions

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • A minyan is a quorum of at least 10 Jewish adults required for public worship.

    Oy Bay!

  • For example, you need at least 10 people, called a minyan, to say certain prayers.

    KUOW 94.9 Puget Sound Public Radio

  • 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."

    A Magnum Opus for Ransom

  • She says her estrangement from religious observance came when as a teenager she was not counted toward a prayer "minyan" after the death of her mother.

    Justice Ginsburg Reflects On Role of Her Jewish Heritage

  • Gatherings of some groups, called "minyan" in Hebrew, include some ideas that break traditional rules on the involvement of women.

    Ventura County Star Stories

  • As of opening day, a "minyan" of Jewish players were on major league rosters:

    J. Weekly

  • The SOJA will ensure that there is a minimum quota or "minyan" of Jewish players on every professional sports team.

    Aish Weekly Articles

  • SOJA will ensure a minimum quota or "minyan" of Jewish players on every professional sports team.

    Aish Weekly Articles

  • Since Kolakowski's arrival two years ago, the congregation is able to hold services with its Biblically required "minyan" or quorum of 10 men "most weeks," Kolakowski says.

    Vos Iz Neias - (Yiddish:What's News?)

  • "Before the rabbi left, I received a phone call from a guy who wondered what we would do if we didn't have a minyan, which is kind of like a quorum.

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  • "But now, in the city that was once the community’s heart, they cannot muster even a minyan, the 10 Jewish men required to perform some of the most important rituals of their faith."

    The New York Times, Baghdad Jews Have Become a Fearful Few, by Stephen Farrell, June 1, 2008

    June 1, 2008