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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
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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
HYMNLIKE Defined for Kids

hymn

noun \ˈhim\

Definition of HYMN for Kids

:  a song of praise especially to God

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