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Definition of hymn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 : 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.


hymned\ ˈhimd How to pronounce hymn (audio) \; hymning\ ˈhi-​miŋ How to pronounce hymn (audio) \

Definition of hymn (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to praise or worship in or as if in hymns (see hymn entry 1) 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

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Other Words from hymn


hymnlike \ ˈhim-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hymn (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hymn in a Sentence

Noun sing a hymn of praise our Sunday church services always open with a hymn Verb during the honeymoon following the inauguration, newspaper articles seemed to hymn the president's every move
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Elevated by the sounds of a classic organ and voice distortion, the singer-songwriter turns the unique pop offering into a hymn of brutal introspection. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know: Love On The Brain," 12 Feb. 2021 The back of the card featured the lyrics of her daughter's favorite hymn. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Star Jenna Bush Hager Wrote a Heartfelt Message for Her Family's Christmas Card," 18 Dec. 2020 The service will consist of an 1800 style service with Communion, the receiving of four new members, and the introduction of an anniversary hymn and 1800 church music. courant.com, "Community news for the Enfield edition," 24 Dec. 2020 The popular Christmas carol was written by English hymn and carol writer William Chatterton Dix in the latter half of the 19th century and has been covered by scores and scores of performers and choirs since. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Hear Darius Rucker and Violinist Lindsey Stirling's Powerful Cover of Christmas Hymn, "What Child Is This?"," 30 Nov. 2020 Osman recalled getting a recent call from a 93-year-old woman who sang a hymn to him over the phone as thanks for his efforts on the community dinner. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Havre de Grace community Thanksgiving organizers experience ‘overwhelming’ volunteer turnout despite pandemic," 26 Nov. 2020 The most beloved hymn of Thanksgiving bids us to gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing. David M. Shribman, Los Angeles Times, "Giving thanks, expressing hope: presidential wishes at Thanksgiving," 25 Nov. 2020 Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, center, stands with attendees and participates in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. hymn at their Annual Pink Ice Gala in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Taylor Crumpton, refinery29.com, "They Strolled To The Polls. Here’s How Kamala Harris’ Young AKA Sisters Feel About Her Victory.," 13 Nov. 2020 So, with a speaker playing a version of this 1860s hymn that has been recorded by everyone from Alabama to Whitney Houston to Destiny’s Child, the St. Damian children enthusiastically signed the lyrics. Jeff Vorva, chicagotribune.com, "No singing? No problem: Oak Forest music teacher pivots to sign language for elementary school performance," 10 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But this wasn’t a flattening of hierarchies of the sort long hymned in Silicon Valley reveries of the online demos. Nathaniel Friedman, The New Republic, "Moments Without Truth," 21 Oct. 2019 Rogers was a benevolent, ditty-dispensing educator in civic virtue and human tolerance, who hymned the miracles of beautiful days and kindly friends, while acknowledging the fallibility of us all. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘American Utopia’ Is David Byrne’s Neighborhood," 20 Oct. 2019 But the wounds sustained and inflicted by cheating hearts, so often hymned by Nashville balladeers, are a specialty of Mr. Lonergan. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Shame and Guilt Drives Several New Productions, Which Is Good for Us," 18 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of hymn


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


1667, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for hymn

Noun and Verb

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

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

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24 Feb 2021

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“Hymn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymn. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hymn

: a religious song : a song that praises God


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Kids Definition of hymn

: a song of praise especially to God

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