\ (ˈ)ä-ˈmen How to pronounce amen (audio) , (ˈ)ā- How to pronounce amen (audio) ; ˈä- when sung \

Definition of amen

used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion)

Examples of amen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The coin, called TerraUSD, is designed to maintain its value at $1, forever and ever, amen. Allison Morrow, CNN, 12 May 2022 His dog, North, barks in the background, like a little amen. Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2022 Scholars can’t say for sure why hallelujah was preserved intact when nearly every other Hebrew word in the Bible was translated first into Greek and then into Latin (amen is another notable exception). Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of amen

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amen

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek amēn, from Hebrew āmēn

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25 May 2022

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“Amen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amen. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for amen


\ ˈā-ˈmen How to pronounce amen (audio) , ˈä- \

Kids Definition of amen

1 used at the end of a prayer
2 used to express agreement When I said we could use a bit of luck, he replied, "Amen!"

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