min·yan (mĭnyən, mēn-yän)
n. pl. min·ya·nim (mēn-yä-nēm, mĭn-yônĭm) or min·yans (mĭnyənz)
The minimum number of ten adult Jews or, among the Orthodox, Jewish men required for a communal religious service.
[Hebrew minyān, number, minyan, from Aramaic minyānā, from mənā, to count; see mnw in the Appendix of Semitic roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.