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minyan

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noun min·yan \ˈmin-yən\

Definition of minyan

plural min·ya·nimplay \ˌmin-yə-ˈnēm\ or min·yans

  1. :  the quorum required for Jewish communal worship that consists of ten male adults in Orthodox Judaism and usually ten adults of either sex in Conservative and Reform Judaism



Origin of minyan

Hebrew minyān, literally, number, count


First Known Use: 1753

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