hal·​le·​lu·​jah | \ ˌha-lə-ˈlü-yə How to pronounce hallelujah (audio) \

Definition of hallelujah

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used to express praise, joy, or thanks



Definition of hallelujah (Entry 2 of 2)

: a shout or song of praise or thanksgiving

Synonyms for hallelujah

Synonyms: Interjection

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Examples of hallelujah in a Sentence

Interjection hallelujah, the bank is approving our loan application
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At peak power the cabin is suffused with a sustained, polyphonic power chord, a hallelujah—WHAWWAAHH. Dan Neil, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 With the addition to the cast of Noah Reid as Patrick, a slow-blooming love interest for David, hallelujah, the show has become a standard bearer for LGBTQ issues, without ever making an issue of them. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2020 It’s time to stand up — hallelujah — not to run and hide. Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2020 The work is distinctive for its harmonies, counter-harmonies, pauses and especially that long pause before the last hallelujah. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, 27 Nov. 2019 More than 2,200 people dressed in either Alabama A&M University’s maroon and white or Alabama State University’s black and gold cheered and raised their hands in hallelujah for both institutions during Battle of the Choirs. al, 24 Oct. 2019 On Sundays, there’s even a gospel brunch, which Brooks told me is a particular specialty, extracting yet a further promise to return for some hallelujahs. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 26 Aug. 2019 Then Arenado delivered his hallelujah single and Ryan McMahon stroked a two-run double to right. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, 29 July 2019 Luke weakly apologizes, and hallelujah, we’re done with him for the night. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, 25 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of hallelujah


14th century, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hallelujah

Interjection and Noun

Hebrew hallĕlūyāh praise (ye) the Lord

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“Hallelujah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hallelujah. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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hal·​le·​lu·​jah | \ ˌha-lə-ˈlü-yə How to pronounce hallelujah (audio) \

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used to express praise, joy, or thanks

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