noun, often capitalized
\ ˈsäm How to pronounce psalm (audio) , ˈsälm, ˈsȯm, ˈsȯlm How to pronounce psalm (audio) \

Definition of psalm

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

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Examples of psalm in a Sentence

after the sermon we sang a brief psalm
Recent Examples on the Web Notes includes a wide range of comedy genres, spanning Lennon Parham’s holy psalm to Target to Karen Chee’s bullet-point list of reasons why her mom is calling. Sarah Moroz, Vulture, 2 July 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern read a psalm at the service, which was attended by several hundred mourners including Parliament Speaker Trevor Mallard. Nick Perry, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 The Salvadoran migrant has held onto Jill Biden’s words like a psalm. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2020 Adapting structural innovations from Liszt’s then-recent B minor Piano Sonata, Reubke’s organ sonata is a Lisztian tone poem dramatizing the psalm’s verses. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 23 Nov. 2020 Moscow: Three people have been arrested after a church held a maskless psalm singing event in a city hall parking lot in violation of the town’s mask order. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2020 Books of Hours are breviaries, or a selection of prayers and psalms taken from long prayer books used by monks. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 28 Jan. 2020 The temple will also hold singing, psalms, Torah study, healing services, office hours, and story time for children through Zoom calls. David Tarrant, Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2020 The psalm — often chanted or sung — was signed as well. Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of psalm

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Psalm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of psalm

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


\ ˈsäm How to pronounce psalm (audio) , ˈsälm \

Kids Definition of psalm

1 : a sacred song or poem
2 capitalized : one of the hymns that make up the Old Testament Book of Psalms

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