min·​yan | \ ˈmin-yən How to pronounce minyan (audio) \
plural minyanim\ ˌmin-​yə-​ˈnēm How to pronounce minyanim (audio) \ or minyans

Definition of minyan

: 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

Examples of minyan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jewish congregations have had to conduct video-only minyans, a group of 10 gathered to observe the sabbath on Friday evening. al, "It’s Sunday in the South with no church," 22 Mar. 2020 But people sometimes in secret gathered in the barracks and organized a minyan. Washington Post, "A bar mitzvah for Gerry, who turned 13 while the Nazis occupied Poland," 19 Jan. 2020 Launched as part of a broader effort by SAR to inspire a deeper connection to prayer, the meditation minyan is one of several alternatives to the traditional daily prayer service offered by the school. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, "How Jewish day schools are reimagining daily prayer," 25 Sep. 2019 Shiva was observed at the home of Bruce and Deborah, 54 Vista Way, Bloomfield, Friday evening until sundown, and will continue Sunday 12-5:30pm, with minyan at 5:00pm. courant.com, "Deborah Guggenheim," 1 Dec. 2019 Some of the wounds have healed over and the conversation after minyan now includes things other than the shooting. Mallory Simon And Sara Sidner, CNN, "He saw his friends massacred. He has heard their names recited daily for a year.," 27 Oct. 2019 Greenblatt mustered an Orthodox minyan — a quorum of ten adult Jewish males — for morning services at the synagogue, which dates to the 19th century. Ron Kampeas, sun-sentinel.com, "Peace conference brings a minyan to 19th-century Bahrain synagogue," 27 June 2019 Shiva will be held on Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19 from 6:30-8:30 with minyans at 7pm. at the Osborn residence. courant.com, "Brian Jack Osborn," 17 June 2019 According to Orthodox Jewish tradition, 10 men — known as a minyan — are needed to say the mourner’s prayer, and several older women apologized that their husbands weren’t home. Dan Bilefsky, New York Times, "Gay and Once Divorced, a Canadian Rabbi Broadens Judaism’s Tent," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of minyan

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for minyan

Hebrew minyān, literally, number, count

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31 Mar 2020

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“Minyan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minyan. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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