alleluia

interjection
al·​le·​lu·​ia | \ ˌa-lə-ˈlü-yə How to pronounce alleluia (audio) \
variants: or Alleluia

Definition of alleluia

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: hallelujah entry 1 The Washington National Cathedral mourners filled the building with the song, "… Praise Him, praise Him, alleluia!"— Talia Naquin In Britain it was not yet compulsory to agree with your leader. Alleluia to that.— Quentin Letts

alleluia

noun
plural alleluias

Definition of alleluia (Entry 2 of 2)

: hallelujah entry 2 The entire season is marked by quiet restraint. Bold colors are removed from altars. Liturgical alleluias are left unsaid.— Maria Mayo In this cantata, it [the chorale] leads directly into the concluding Alleluia.— Mark DeVoto

First Known Use of alleluia

Interjection

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alleluia

Interjection

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Greek allēlouia, from Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Jehovah

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alleluia

interjection
al·​le·​lu·​ia | \ ˌa-lə-ˈlü-yə How to pronounce alleluia (audio) \

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