hymn

noun
\ ˈhim How to pronounce hymn (audio) \

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.

hymn

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

Noun

hymnlike \ ˈhim-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hymnlike (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 On Saturday night, thousands gathered at a Christian memorial service for Chow, singing hymns and laying white flowers and paper cranes at a makeshift stage in a downtown park. BostonGlobe.com, "HONG KONG — Police in Hong Kong said Saturday that they have arrested and charged six pro-democracy lawmakers, a move that could escalate public fury a day after the death of a university student linked to months of antigovernment protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.," 10 Nov. 2019 On Saturday night, thousands gathered at a memorial service for Chow, singing hymns and laying white flowers and paper cranes at a makeshift stage in a downtown park. Eileen Ng, SFChronicle.com, "Arrested Hong Kong lawmakers vow revenge at upcoming election," 9 Nov. 2019 In the afternoon, about 30 protesters gathered in snow flurries outside the state prison where Rhines was to be executed, praying and singing hymns. CBS News, "Convicted killer Charles Rhines executed in South Dakota for stabbing co-worker in 1992," 4 Nov. 2019 After the emotional speech, the curtains opened and a full black choir made their way onstage to sing hymns as the models descended down the runway. Teen Vogue, "Pyer Moss’s NYFW Show Took Us to Church," 9 Sep. 2019 In the early afternoon today, people gathered at a sports ground in the Wan Chai area to sing hymns, and then walk to the chief executive’s residence. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong is burning, five years to the day after Beijing dashed its hopes of democracy," 31 Aug. 2019 As the cathedral burned, Parisians gathered to pray and sing hymns outside the church of Saint Julien Les Pauvres across the river from Notre Dame while the flames lit the sky behind them. oregonlive, "Structure of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris saved: fire chief," 15 Apr. 2019 In the afternoon, about 30 protesters gathered in snow flurries outside the state prison where Rhines was to be executed, praying and singing hymns. Dave Kolpack, Twin Cities, "South Dakota executes man in ’92 slaying of former co-worker," 5 Nov. 2019 Every movement needs an anthem, and the undisputed boomer backlash hymn is a song written and produced by Jonathan Williams, a 20-year-old college student. BostonGlobe.com, "In a viral audio clip on TikTok, a white-haired man in a baseball cap and polo shirt declares, “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.”," 31 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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

Noun

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

Verb

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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Last Updated

25 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hymn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymned?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=hymn0002. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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More Definitions for hymn

hymn

noun
How to pronounce hymn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hymn

: a religious song : a song that praises God

hymn

noun
\ ˈhim How to pronounce hymn (audio) \

Kids Definition of hymn

: a song of praise especially to God

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