psalm

play
noun, often capitalized \ˈsäm, ˈsälm, ˈsȯm, ˈsȯlm\

Definition of psalm

  1. :  a sacred song or poem used in worship; especially :  one of the biblical hymns collected in the Book of Psalms

Examples of psalm in a Sentence

  1. after the sermon we sang a brief psalm

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Origin and Etymology of psalm

Middle English, from Old English psealm, from Late Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos, literally, twanging of a harp, from psallein to pluck, play a stringed instrument


First Known Use: before 12th century


PSALM Defined for English Language Learners

psalm

play
noun

Definition of psalm for English Language Learners

  • : a song or poem used in worship and especially one from the Bible


PSALM Defined for Kids

psalm

play
noun \ˈsäm, ˈsälm\

Definition of psalm for Students

  1. 1 :  a sacred song or poem

  2. 2 cap :  one of the hymns that make up the Old Testament Book of Psalms



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