hymn·​book | \ ˈhim-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce hymnbook (audio) \

Definition of hymnbook

: hymnal

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Examples of hymnbook in a Sentence

a worshipper who knew the words of all the church songs and didn't need a hymnbook
Recent Examples on the Web This strain of eliminationism is not simply a derangement of the political right; the notes sounded by the dollars versus deaths brigade come straight from the liberal hymnbook. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, 18 May 2020 Other Three-Self churches had hymnbooks, gospel pamphlets and Bibles confiscated and burned, according to Bitter Winter, a religious liberty magazine focused on China. Fox News, 28 Oct. 2019 Throughout the 18th and most of the 19th centuries, most hymnbooks were exclusively textual: little books of poems, in essence. Barton Swaim, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of hymnbook

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Hymnbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymnbook. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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