psalm·​o·​dy ˈsä-mə-dē How to pronounce psalmody (audio)
ˈsȯl How to pronounce psalmody (audio)
: the act, practice, or art of singing psalms in worship
: a collection of psalms

Examples of psalmody in a Sentence

a psalmody containing many beloved hymns
Recent Examples on the Web Most important, Sarr wants to arrange a complete psalmody in Wolof. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2022

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Word History


Middle English psalmodie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin psalmodia, from Late Greek psalmōidia, literally, singing to the harp, from Greek psalmos + aidein to sing — more at ode

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of psalmody was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Psalmody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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psalm·​o·​dy ˈsäm-əd-ē How to pronounce psalmody (audio) ˈsäl-məd- How to pronounce psalmody (audio)
plural psalmodies
: the art or practice of singing psalms in worship
: a collection of psalms

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