noun, often capitalized \ˈsäm, ˈsälm, ˈsm, ˈslm\

: a song or poem used in worship and especially one from the Bible

Full Definition of PSALM

:  a sacred song or poem used in worship; especially :  one of the biblical hymns collected in the Book of Psalms

Examples of PSALM

  1. <after the sermon we sang a brief psalm>

Origin of PSALM

Middle English, from Old English psealm, from Late Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos, literally, twanging of a harp, from psallein to pluck, play a stringed instrument
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Music Terms

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

Rhymes with PSALM


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