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Definition of "hymn" []

  • A song of praise or thanksgiving to God or a deity. (noun)
  • A song of praise or joy; a paean. (noun)
  • To praise, glorify, or worship in or as if in a hymn. (verb-transitive)
  • To sing hymns. (verb-intransitive)
  • A Christian song of praise sung to God or a saint (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A similar song praising other gods, a nation, etc (noun)
  • To express (praises, thanks, etc) by singing hymns (verb)

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Use "hymn" in a sentence
  • "The term hymn has a less definite meaning than those of antiphon or responsory, and in the primitive liturgies its use is somewhat uncertain."
  • "[1] Whenever in this work the term hymn occurs, it is applied to the words as distinguished from the music."
  • "One thing you notice when you attend non-Catholic services where people sing with gusto, where people love their hymns, and the hymns truly do reflect an organic preference of the people: all the verses are sung because the hymn is the only thing going on."