- the teachings of Jesus and the apostles; the Christian revelation.
- the story of Christ's life and teachings, especially as contained in the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
- (usually initial capital letter) any of these four books.
- something regarded as true and implicitly believed: to take his report for gospel.
- a doctrine regarded as of prime importance: political gospel.
- glad tidings, especially concerning salvation and the kingdom of God as announced to the world by Christ.
- (often initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical. an extract from one of the four Gospels, forming part of the Eucharistic service in certain churches.
- gospel music.
- of, relating to, or proclaiming the gospel or its teachings: a gospel preacher.
- in accordance with the gospel; evangelical.
- of or relating to gospel music: a gospel singer.
Origin of gospel
Examples from the Web for gospel
As it currently stands, the Via Dolorosa follows the account given in the Gospel of John.Oops! Jesus’ Last Steps Are in the Wrong Place
January 6, 2015
The rest of the episode follows Carrie spreading the gospel of her indignance over the thoughtless goodbye.Confessions of a Rom-Com Writer: Liz Tuccillo Talks ‘Sex and the City,’ ‘Take Care,’ and More
December 5, 2014
He figured on letting the gospel, specifically Matthew 1:28, guide his homily.11 Children Shot in Milwaukee, One in Her Grandpa's Lap
November 12, 2014
We think of Christianity as sexless, this [Gospel] says that sex is sacred.Is ‘The Lost Gospel’ Book a Fraud?
November 12, 2014
At The Disco, who tried their hand at a cover of the song on their recent “Gospel Tour.”Viral Video of the Day: Queen is Back!
September 16, 2014
It was a gospel that had to be preached with tears and beseechings from one generation to another.The Conquest of Fear
What do we mean by Law and Gospel, and where are they found?
By loving the things of God, especially the Church and the Gospel.
The name which she chose for herself is Evangelical (true to the Gospel).
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
- Also called: gospel truth an unquestionable truthto take someone's word as gospel
- a doctrine maintained to be of great importance
- Black religious music originating in the churches of the Southern states of the United States
- the message or doctrine of a religious teacher
- the story of Christ's life and teachings as narrated in the Gospels
- the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ
- (as modifier)the gospel story
- any of the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
- a reading from one of these in a religious service
Word Origin and History for gospel
Old English godspel "gospel, glad tidings announced by Jesus; one of the four gospels," from god "good" (see good) + spel "story, message" (see spell (n.)); translation of Latin bona adnuntiatio, itself a translation of Greek euangelion "reward for bringing good news."
The first element of the Old English word had a long "o," but it shifted under mistaken association with God. The word passed early from English to continental Germanic languages in forms that clearly indicate the first element had shifted to "God," e.g. Old Saxon godspell, Old High German gotspell, Old Norse goðspiall. Used of anything as true as the Gospel from mid-13c. Gospel-gossip was Addison's word ("Spectator," 1711) for "one who is always talking of sermons, texts, etc."