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hymn

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noun \ˈhim\

Definition of hymn

  1. 1a :  a song of praise to God <sing a hymn of thanksgiving>b :  a metrical composition adapted for singing in a religious service <a book of hymns>

  2. 2 :  a song of praise or joy <in jolly hymns they praise the god of wine — John Dryden>

  3. 3 :  something resembling a song of praise :  paean <The novel is a hymn to childhood and innocence.>

hymnlike

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Examples of hymn in a sentence

  1. sing a hymn of praise

  2. <our Sunday church services always open with a hymn>

Origin and Etymology of hymn

Middle English ymne, from Old English ymen, from Latin hymnus song of praise, from Greek hymnos


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hymn

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Definition of hymn

hymned

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hymning

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  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to praise or worship in or as if in hymns (see 1hymn) <the heroes who are hymned in this book>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to sing a song that praises God :  to sing a hymn <listening to the choir hymn>

Examples of hymn in a sentence

  1. <during the honeymoon following the inauguration, newspaper articles seemed to hymn the president's every move>

Origin and Etymology of hymn

see 1hymn


First Known Use: 1667


HYMN Defined for English Language Learners

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hymn

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noun \ˈhim\

Definition of hymn for English Language Learners

  • : a religious song : a song that praises God


HYMN Defined for Kids

hymn

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Definition of hymn for Students

  1. :  a song of praise especially to God



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