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hosanna

[hoh-zan-uh] /hoʊˈzæn ə/
interjection
1.
(an exclamation, originally an appeal to God for deliverance, used in praise of God or Christ.)
noun, plural hosannas.
2.
a cry of “hosanna.”.
3.
a shout of praise or adoration; an acclamation.
verb (used with object), hosannaed, hosannaing.
4.
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
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hosanna

/həʊˈzænə/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of praise, esp one to God
noun
2.
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.).

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