hym·​nal ˈhim-nəl How to pronounce hymnal (audio)
: a collection of church hymns

Examples of hymnal in a Sentence

hymnals are distributed among the congregation before the church service so everyone can join in the singing
Recent Examples on the Web Image The couple began attending a local Baptist church, and one Sunday Mr. Butcher walked off with a hymnal by mistake. Penelope Green, New York Times, 1 June 2024 Her hymnal, pictured, a gift from her church choir, has always been her most valuable playbook. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 21 Apr. 2024 Roger shoves Buck into the secret room located right off the kitchen and proceeds to entertain Rob with his father's old hymnals. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 29 July 2023 On a recent Sunday, hymnals blared as hundreds of men and women — farmers, gas station owners, truckers, tech workers and physicians — paraded around the temple grounds, singing, banging on drums and hoisting their holy book skyward. Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Its melodies were lifted from hymnals performed in the Black church. Dr. Marcus Collins, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Today, the former mayors are singing from the same hymnal on a local group's proposal to build a street grid between Queensgate and the western edge of Downtown. The Enquirer, 20 Feb. 2024 Announced more than five years ago, the new hymnal promises to be a high note in Latter-day Saint worship services and cultural history. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023 Singers sought for new hymnal (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Latter-day Saint soloists and choral singers are needed to help record songs for the new hymnbook, which is part of the church's digital sacred musical collection. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Middle English hymnale, from Medieval Latin, from Latin hymnus

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hymnal was in the 15th century

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“Hymnal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymnal. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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hym·​nal ˈhim-nəl How to pronounce hymnal (audio)
: a book of hymns

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