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

Definition of hymnal

: a collection of church hymns

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Her husband was not the only one prone to skipping a chapter in the hymnal. Anna Russel, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 One of the most common has been to publish a hymnal. Dominic Pino, National Review, 1 Aug. 2021 While sitting with his church choir, Mr. Fry had trouble finding the right pages in a hymnal. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, 14 May 2021 Our meeting is serendipitous as Savage’s music has actually been a sounding guide, a hymnal of sorts, that subconsciously encouraged me to move across the Atlantic, from New York to the motherland. Danielle Kwateng, Allure, 16 Apr. 2021 For non-Christian-church-going people, holding up the hymnal for the other person is a prime sign of care and affection. Alice Burton, Vulture, 21 Feb. 2021 Your organization’s two biggest stars of the last decade, Tulo and Nolan, are essentially singing from the same hymnal now, with both infielders accusing Bridich of being a royal pain in the grass. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, 21 Jan. 2020 The Sign of Peace will not take place; collection baskets should not be passed from person to person; bulletins will not be handed out; hymnals will be removed from pews. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 May 2020 Dolce said the church was following all of the state's and archdiocese's guidelines, enacted social distancing and sanitizing measures and took out all of its hymnals and put its lyrics on a screen to avoid spreading the coronavirus. NBC News, 7 May 2020

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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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“Hymnal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymnal. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hymnal

: a book of hymns


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

Kids Definition of hymnal

: a book of hymns

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