gospel

noun
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

gospel

adjective

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

Noun

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

Just as these artists refused to be boxed in, neither can Woods, with music that ranges across hip-hop, gospel and jazz. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Greg Kot picks his top 10 albums of the year so far," 26 June 2019 Also on tap is a free Sept. 21 gospel concert featuring Regina Belle and Tye Tribbett along with Detroit's Tasha Page-Lockhart and Kierra (Kiki) Sheard, backed by a 125-member choir drawn from 70-plus area churches. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Motown Weekend to cap anniversary year with concert, gospel, golf: Full details here," 23 June 2019 Snoop beat out established gospel artists Erica Campbell, Kirk Franklin and Fred Hammond, as well as pop star Tori Kelly. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Yes, Snoop won the gospel category at the BET Awards," 23 June 2019 DuPont will present a recital of art songs, spirituals and gospels by both female and male black composers on June 26. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Festival Baltimore celebrates the County’s 'world-class' concert hall," 13 June 2019 She and her band mixed hip-hop, soul and gospel to create an enchanting experience. Tyra Nicole Triche, chicagotribune.com, "The Brown Skin Lady Show provides a glittering glimpse of the beauty of women doing it for themselves," 19 June 2019 Blanchard's score, conducted by William Long, is a cinematic mosaic sprinkling the orchestral writing with soft and edgier jazz and rowdy gospel singing. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 Testimony was followed by Lazarus, a thumping modern romp complete with Milly rocks and set to gospel house music. Mankaprr Conteh, Vogue, "The Alvin Ailey School Celebrates 50 Years With a Moving Gala Performance," 14 June 2019 The Christian gospel said our God welcomes us amidst our great need. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, "Christians Are Pro-Life After Birth, Too," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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

Noun

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

Adjective

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

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gospel

noun

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

gospel

noun
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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