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

PSALM Defined for Kids


noun \ˈsäm, ˈsälm\

Definition of PSALM for Kids

:  a sacred song or poem
cap :  one of the hymns that make up the Old Testament Book of Psalms


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