Meaning of minyan*

min•yan

Pronunciation: (Seph.mēn-yän' Ashk., Eng. min'y&schwan), [key]
— pl. min•yan•im min•yans.
  1. the number of persons required by Jewish law to be present to conduct a communal religious service, traditionally a minimum of 10 Jewish males over 13 years of age.
  2. such a group.

Min•yan

Pronunciation: (min'yun), [key]
— Class. Myth. Class. Myth.
—adj.
  1. descended from Minyas.
  2. being or pertaining to a gray, wheel-thrown pottery produced in ancient Greece during the early part of the Helladic period, c2000b.c.
—n.
  1. the descendants of Minyas who inhabited Orchomenus in Boeotia and Iolcus in Thessaly.
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