gos·​pel | \ ˈgä-spəl How to pronounce gospel (audio) \

Definition of gospel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a often capitalized : the message concerning Christ, the kingdom of God, and salvation
b capitalized : one of the first four New Testament books telling of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ also : a similar apocryphal (see apocrypha sense 2) book
c : an interpretation of the Christian message the social gospel
2 capitalized : a lection (see lection sense 1) from one of the New Testament Gospels
3 : the message or teachings of a religious teacher
4 : something accepted or promoted as infallible (see infallible sense 1) truth or as a guiding principle or doctrine took her words as gospel spreading the gospel of conservation— R. M. Hodesh
5 : gospel music



Definition of gospel (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : having a basis in or being in accordance with the gospel (see gospel entry 1 sense 1) : evangelical ordained to the gospel ministryChristian Century
b : marked by special or fervid emphasis on the gospel a gospel meeting
2 : of, relating to, or being religious songs of American origin associated with evangelism and popular devotion and marked by simple melody and harmony and elements of folk songs and blues

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gospelly \ ˈgä-​spə-​lē How to pronounce gospelly (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gospel in a Sentence

Noun a reading from the Gospel of St. John her private gospel is to do good cheerfully and without any expectation of reward
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There will also be special gospel sessions both Sunday mornings, including sermons. Gary Graff, cleveland, "Justin Bieber, Shakira, Usher, Miley Cyrus among stars headlining online ‘Global Goal’ concert," 24 June 2020 The Clark Sisters star and gospel singer Kierra Sheard got the ultimate birthday present over the weekend. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Headed To The Altar! Kierra Sheard Is Engaged," 22 June 2020 In addition to generations of Texas public officials, Dr. Freeman also taught gospel superstar Yolanda Adams. BostonGlobe.com, "Thomas Freeman, renowned debate coach, 100," 21 June 2020 Instead, fund managers resort to using dubious ESG ratings, created by external advisers, that make subprime credit scores look like the gospel truth. The Economist, "Green investing has shortcomings," 18 June 2020 Performers will include Houston Latin group La Mafia, country musician Lyle Lovett, country and gospel singer Josh Turner, and country musician Hunter Hayes. Houston Chronicle, "Here's the long line-up for Houston's first virtual Freedom Over Texas celebration," 16 June 2020 On Sunday night, Timbaland and Swizz Beats' gospel edition of their viral Verzuz Battle provided two hours of pure, unfettered Black joy. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Tuning In For Black Joy," 5 June 2020 So his gospel music wasn’t accepted in either world. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Bob Dylan talks making music amid coronavirus pandemic, remembers George Floyd, Little Richard," 13 June 2020 Southern rock, blues, R&B, gospel, and of course, country. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Lady Antebellum officially changes name to Lady A: 'Our hearts have been stirred with conviction'," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Smyth had gradually come to accept their theories too as gospel truth, and had incorporated them into his thesis. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile in South Carolina, Booker's campaign has launched a new radio advertisement on eight urban contemporary and gospel radio stations across the state. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Why Mike Bloomberg says he envies Cory Booker," 6 Dec. 2019 Large chunks of the film are made up of Cambridge Analytica sales decks, which the directors appear to take as gospel truth about how sophisticated and successful the company was. L.m., The Economist, "“The Great Hack” is a misinformed documentary about misinformation," 24 July 2019 Market prices, of course, are no more gospel truth than are the extrapolations of economists. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Pick Your Portfolio’s Story: Late-Cycle Sugar Rush or New Boom?," 30 July 2018 Gospel stage production about family's struggle with alcoholism and their journey back to God through faith, hope and love. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week: July 5-9," 5 July 2017 Gospel singer Bebe Winans sings beautiful hymns; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker joins her on stage. Capricia Marshall, Harper's BAZAAR, "Behind the Scenes of Hillary's Last Days on the Campaign Trail," 15 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of gospel


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for gospel

Noun and Adjective

Middle English, from Old English gōdspel (translation of Late Latin evangelium), from gōd good + spell tale — more at spell entry 1

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The first known use of gospel was before the 12th century

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28 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gospel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gospel. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gospel

: the teachings of the Christian religion
: any one of the first four books of the Christian Bible that tell of the life of Jesus Christ
: an idea or set of ideas that someone believes and often tries to make other people believe


gos·​pel | \ ˈgä-spəl How to pronounce gospel (audio) \

Kids Definition of gospel

1 often capitalized : the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles
2 : something told or accepted as being absolutely true

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