Mishnah definition by American Heritage Dictionary
also Mish·nanoun Judaism
- The first section of the Talmud, being a collection of early oral interpretations of the scriptures as compiled about A.D. 200.
- A paragraph from this section of the Talmud.
- The teaching of a rabbi or other noted authority on Jewish laws.
Origin: Mishnaic Hebrew mišnâ, repetition, instruction, from šānâ, to repeat; see īn in Semitic roots.
- Mish·naˈic adjective
Variant of Mishna
- the first part of the Talmud, containing traditional oral interpretations of scriptural ordinances (halakhot), compiled by the rabbis about 200
- any of these interpretations
Origin: Classical Hebrew (language) mishna, literally , (oral) instruction ; from root šnh, to repeat, (later) learn, teach
- Mishnaic adjective