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From Hebrew מִנְיָן(minyán, number, count, quorum).



minyan (plural minyanim or minyans)

  1. The minimum number of ten (male) adult Jews required for a communal religious service.
    • 2009, Charles London, Far from Zion. page 256
      So without my visit, if Simon didn't attend, a minyan would be hard to come by.
    • 2010, Ari Goldman, Living a Year of Kaddish: A Memoir, page 27
      As mourners cannot attend synagogue during shiva, a minyan gathers for morning, afternoon, and evening services in their home.
  2. (by extension) A Jewish prayer service.
    • 2009, Charles Simon, Building a Successful Volunteer Culture, page 137
      New people assume leadership positions as required and stay around for as long as the minyan meets their needs.
    • 2012, Andrea Lieber, The Essential Guide to Jewish Prayer and Practices:
      Tefillin are not used on Sabbaths and holidays, so unless you attend a minyan on weekday mornings or grew up in a home where men prayed daily, this practice may be unfamiliar to you.
  3. A member of the Minyan race of Greek mythology