hym·​no·​dy | \ ˈhim-nə-dē How to pronounce hymnody (audio) \

Definition of hymnody

1 : hymn singing
2 : hymn writing
3 : the hymns of a time, place, or church

Examples of hymnody in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From there, the piece segues into disarming cowboy songs and sweet hymnody, but also into searing blues and incendiary chant contemplating the horror of what happened. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Review: ‘Considering Matthew Shepard’ more striking with lessons of hope on Ravinia’s bigger stage," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hymnody

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hymnody

Late Latin hymnodia, from Greek hymnōidia, from hymnos + aeidein to sing — more at ode

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“Hymnody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hymnody. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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