(ˈ)ä-ˈmen How to pronounce amen (audio) (ˈ)ā- How to pronounce amen (audio)
when sung ˈä-
used to express solemn ratification (as of an expression of faith) or hearty approval (as of an assertion)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The coin, called TerraUSD, is designed to maintain its value at $1, forever and ever, amen. Allison Morrow, CNN, 12 May 2022 His dog, North, barks in the background, like a little amen. Washington Post, 29 Jan. 2022 Scholars can’t say for sure why hallelujah was preserved intact when nearly every other Hebrew word in the Bible was translated first into Greek and then into Latin (amen is another notable exception). Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek amēn, from Hebrew āmēn

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amen was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Amen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



(ˈ)ä-ˈmen How to pronounce amen (audio) (ˈ)ā- How to pronounce amen (audio)
 when sung 
used to express agreement or approval

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