hym·​nal | \ ˈhim-nəl How to pronounce hymnal (audio) \

Definition of hymnal

: a collection of church hymns

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Synonyms for hymnal


hymnary, hymnbook, psalmody

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Examples of hymnal in a Sentence

hymnals are distributed among the congregation before the church service so everyone can join in the singing

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On September 14, 2016, however, Saldaña, Krier and Gallagher were all crooning from the same page of the hymnal. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio grapples with fair compensation for City Council aides," 13 Sep. 2019 He was troubled by the veneration heaped by followers on Garcia, whose initials are inscribed in congregants’ hymnals and shawls. Leila Miller, latimes.com, "Reddit group becomes flashpoint in sex abuse scandal at La Luz del Mundo church," 15 July 2019 Their hymnals are inscribed with the letters, as is the soaring temple that serves as the headquarters of La Luz del Mundo. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: Sex crime case renews tension in Mexico between Catholics and evangelical church," 27 June 2019 The song has since been included in many Christian hymnals, its popularity stemming from its austere, beautiful simplicity. Time, "A 1974 Hymn Called 'Sing Hallelujah to the Lord' Has Become the Anthem of the Hong Kong Protests," 20 June 2019 The iconic crescendo three minutes in is a staggering and gut-wrenching hymnal of everlasting love. Natalie Maher, Harper's BAZAAR, "15 Love Songs That Will Sweep You Off Your Feet the Moment You Press Play," 9 Jan. 2019 Unlike modern hymnals, which are larger and heavier and more expensively produced, older hymnbooks were affordable and designed to be read. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘The Hymnal’ Review: How to Make a Joyful Noise," 23 Dec. 2018 Despite its growth in enrollment and in academic stature, Texas A&M has suffered from periods of discord where the system chancellor, the campus president and the regents didn’t all sing from the same hymnal. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 The 65-year-old preacher quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. and referenced a hymnal sung by slaves in the antebellum South to talk about the power of love to change the world. Samantha Cooney, Time, "Rev. Michael Curry Delivered a Powerful Royal Wedding Sermon. Read the Full Transcript," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of hymnal

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hymnal

Middle English hymnale, from Medieval Latin, from Latin hymnus

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English Language Learners Definition of hymnal

: a book of hymns


hym·​nal | \ ˈhim-nəl How to pronounce hymnal (audio) \

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: a book of hymns

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