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hymn

noun \ ˈhim \
Updated on: 16 Dec 2017

Definition of hymn

1 a : 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 : a song of praise or joy
  • in jolly hymns they praise the god of wine
  • —John Dryden
3 : something resembling a song of praise : paean
  • The novel is a hymn to childhood and innocence.

hymnlike

play \ˈhim-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of hymn in a Sentence

  1. sing a hymn of praise

  2. our Sunday church services always open with a hymn

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Origin and Etymology of hymn

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


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hymn

verb

Definition of hymn

hymned play \ˈhimd\; hymning play \ˈhi-miŋ\
transitive verb
: to praise or worship in or as if in hymns (see 1hymn)
  • the heroes who are hymned in this book
intransitive verb
: 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

Recent Examples of hymn from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hymn

see 1hymn


HYMN Defined for English Language Learners

hymn

noun

Definition of hymn for English Language Learners

  • : a religious song : a song that praises God


HYMN Defined for Kids

hymn

noun \ ˈhim \

Definition of hymn for Students

: a song of praise especially to God


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