hymn

7 ENTRIES FOUND:

1hymn

noun \ˈhim\

: a religious song : a song that praises God

Full Definition of HYMN

1
a :  a song of praise to God
b :  a metrical composition adapted for singing in a religious service
2
:  a song of praise or joy
3
:  something resembling a hymn :  paean
hymn·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of HYMN

  1. sing a hymn of praise
  2. <our Sunday church services always open with a hymn>

Origin of HYMN

Middle English ymne, from Old English ymen, from Latin hymnus song of praise, from Greek hymnos
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2hymn

verb
hymned \ˈhimd\ hymn·ing \ˈhi-miŋ\

Definition of HYMN

transitive verb
:  to praise or worship in or as if in hymns <the heroes hymned in this book>
intransitive verb
:  to sing a hymn

Examples of HYMN

  1. <during the honeymoon following the inauguration, newspaper articles seemed to hymn the president's every move>

First Known Use of HYMN

1667

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

hymn

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Song used in Christian worship, usually sung by the congregation and written in stanzas with rhyme and metre. The term comes from the Greek hymnos (“song of praise”), but songs in honour of God or the gods exist in all civilizations. Christian hymnody grew out of the singing of psalms in the Temple of Jerusalem. The earliest known Christian hymn dates from c. AD 200. Hymns were prominent in the Byzantine liturgy from early times, and in the Western church they were sung by congregations until the Middle Ages, when choirs took over hymn singing. Congregational singing was reestablished during the Reformation. Martin Luther and his followers were great hymn writers, while the Calvinists preferred setting psalms to music. The compositions of Isaac Watts and John Wesley were notable in English hymnody. The Counter-Reformation led to the composition of many Roman Catholic hymns, and the Roman Catholic church restored congregational singing of hymns after the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

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