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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Other Words from gospel


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 His music was influenced by bluegrass, folk, gospel, blues and Southern rock, as well as country. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Charlie Daniels has died at age 83," 6 July 2020 Not that ratings of Profootballfocus (PFF) are gospel, but the Browns are analytics based. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "NFL’s next richest defensive player? That could be Myles Garrett with Cleveland Browns – Terry Pluto," 5 July 2020 Williams has long incorporated gospel influences into his music, dating back to his early days working with his Neptunes collaborator Chad Hugo in the Virginia Beach area. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, "Pharrell will return home to build a gospel choir in Netflix's Voices of Fire," 5 July 2020 One of those happy couples was gospel star Kirk Franklin and his wife of 24 years, mentor and motivational speaker Tammy Franklin, who opened up about how their love has sustained and grown over the last two decades. Charli Penn, Essence, "ESSENCE Festival 2020: Kirk and Tammy Franklin Just Gave A Word On Staying Married...and Happy!," 4 July 2020 Her competition includes Kirk Franklin, Fred Hammond, John P. Kee, PJ Morton and Kanye West, who released a gospel album last year. Washington Post, "DaBaby, Roddy Ricch to help BET celebrate awards virtually," 28 June 2020 The stoops and tighter quarters of the urban North meant the barbecue came from a grill instead of a traditional pit; the music from a radio instead of a gospel choir. Michael W Twitty, Bon Appétit, "For Three Philly-Born Chefs, This Juneteenth Is About Looking Back—and Pushing Forward," 18 June 2020 God's Country will be West's tenth studio album following the mixed reviews of his gospel project Jesus is King. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Kanye West’s New Song Has Team Yeezy Reminiscing," 30 June 2020 Israel's broadcasting regulator ordered an evangelical Christian TV channel to come off the air, saying its programs are trying to persuade Jews to convert to Christianity through the gospel of Jesus. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Israel pulls plug on evangelical Christian network channel, citing its appeal to Jews," 29 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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3 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Gospel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gospel. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce gospel (audio)

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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