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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1980s, most of L.A.'s Jews had moved west, to the Fairfax district or the Westside, or to the San Fernando Valley, and Boyle Heights’ last synagogue had a hard time mustering a minyan, the quorum of 10 required for a service. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2022 The struggle to gather 10 Jewish men to form a prayer quorum known as a minyan is part of life for many small Jewish communities in Europe. Cnaan Liphshiz, Sun Sentinel, 26 July 2022 Chabad offers a minyan every Shabbat and encourages the community to celebrate the holidays together. Caleb A. Guedes-reed, sun-sentinel.com, 31 Mar. 2021 Reading from the Torah and saying certain prayers, including the kaddish, or mourner’s prayer, must take place in a group with a quorum of 10, known as a minyan. Religion News Service, oregonlive, 25 Mar. 2022 Without enough Jews to fulfill a minyan, or Jewish prayer group of 10 men, the building is now a trendy coffee shop. Jordyn Haime, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Dec. 2021 With about a dozen members, the Jews of Vidin can barely form a minyan. Jonah Goldman Kay, sun-sentinel.com, 11 Aug. 2021 This little shul, literally risen from the ashes as a symbol of Jewish perseverance, holds a minyan, or quorum, three times a day. Josh Nass, WSJ, 15 July 2021 Now the law committee is preparing to formally consider whether the allowance for a Zoom minyan should outlive the pandemic. Ben Harris, sun-sentinel.com, 14 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History


Hebrew minyān, literally, number, count

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of minyan was in 1753

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“Minyan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minyan. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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