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or halleluiah

[hal-uh-loo-yuh] /ˌhæl əˈlu yə/
Praise ye the Lord!
an exclamation of “hallelujah!”.
a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude.
a musical composition wholly or principally based upon the word “hallelujah.”.
Origin of hallelujah
1525-35; < Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Yahweh; cf. alleluia Unabridged
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  • This was the hallelujah, a final outburst of the great organ of opinion.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Mr. Winslow's hallelujah chorus stopped in the middle and he turned.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • So swift had this change been that the bondwomen had not seen it, and they were shouting "hallelujah!"

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • It has no choruses of rejoicing, no pæans of praise, not even a hallelujah at its close.

    The Standard Oratorios George P. Upton
  • That is the solo of human life overpowered by hallelujah chorus.

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
  • If you are a Presbyterian and your husband is a Methodist, when he shouts "hallelujah!"

    The Wedding Ring T. De Witt Talmage
British Dictionary definitions for hallelujah


an exclamation of praise to God
an expression of relief or a similar emotion
an exclamation of "Hallelujah"
a musical composition that uses the word Hallelujah as its text
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew hallelūyāh praise the Lord, from hellēl to praise + yāh the Lord, Yahweh
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Word Origin and History for hallelujah

also halleluiah, 1530s, from Hebrew hallalu-yah "praise ye Jehovah," from hallalu, plural imperative of hallel "to praise" also "song of praise," from hillel "he praised," of imitative origin, with primary sense being "to trill." Second element is yah, shortened form of Yahweh, name of God. Replaced variant formation alleluia (12c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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