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[hoh-zan-uh] /hoʊˈzæn ə/
(an exclamation, originally an appeal to God for deliverance, used in praise of God or Christ.)
noun, plural hosannas.
a cry of “hosanna.”.
a shout of praise or adoration; an acclamation.
verb (used with object), hosannaed, hosannaing.
to praise, applaud, etc.:
The critics hosannaed his new play.
Origin of hosanna
< Late Latin (h)ōsanna < Greek ōsanná < Heb hōsh(i) ʿāh nnā save, we pray; replacing Middle English, Old English osanna < Late Latin, as above Unabridged
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  • For a few moments, we retired to our rooms while the pretty hosanna arranged the forty-nine presents on the tree.

  • At certain intervals, the people responded with the cry of "hosanna!"

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • The "hosanna" is again heard, and the symphony ends in soft harmonies (B major) with the first Magnificat theme.

    Franz Liszt James Huneker
  • They all joined in the procession, and sang songs, and shouted 'hosanna!'

    The Bible Story Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
  • If I can set my Well-beloved on high, and witness fair for Him, a fig for their hosanna.

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • To be sure, we first sing hosanna to him who cometh yonder; well and good!

    The Youth of Goethe Peter Hume Brown
  • Blessed be the kingdom of our father David that cometh: hosanna in the highest.

  • And wherefore cried ye yesterday and this day, hosanna, hosanna?

British Dictionary definitions for hosanna


an exclamation of praise, esp one to God
the act of crying "hosanna"
Word Origin
Old English osanna, via Late Latin from Greek, from Hebrew hōshi `āh nnā save now, we pray
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Word Origin and History for hosanna

Old English osanna, via Latin and Greek from Hebrew hosha'na, probably a shortening of hoshi'ah-nna "save, we pray" (cf. Psalms cxviii:25), from imperative of y-sh- (cf. yeshua "salvation, deliverance, welfare") + emphatic particle -na. Originally an appeal for deliverance; used in Christian Church as an ascription of praise, because when Jesus entered Jerusalem this was shouted by Galilean pilgrims in recognition of his messiahhood (Matt. xxi:9, 15, etc.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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