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hymnal

[him-nl] /ˈhɪm nl/
noun
1.
Also called hymnbook
[him-boo k] /ˈhɪmˌbʊk/ (Show IPA)
. a book of hymns for use in a religious service.
adjective
2.
of or relating to hymns.
Origin of hymnal
1535-1545
1535-45; (in def 1) < Medieval Latin hymnāle, noun use of neuter of hymnālis (adj.); (in def 2) < Medieval Latin hymnālis; see hymn, -al1, -al2
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Examples from the Web for hymn book
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  • Her watch lay open upon the stand beside a glass of medicine, covered with a hymn book.

    Southern Hearts Florence Hull Winterburn
  • A hymn book was in her hand, opened at the page where she intended it to stay open.

    Riviera Towns Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • The bass was nodding and letting his hymn book slip toward a fall.

    Penguin Persons & Peppermints Walter Prichard Eaton
  • The psalter has not inaptly been called the hymn book of the second temple.

  • Let's see, now, how does that there line in the hymn book run?

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • There were present some of the Aitkenites, one of whom purchased a hymn book.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • He was just as devout with the scythe or the sickle as he was with the hymn book or in the pulpit.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • She has no hymn book in her hand; she sits there with her ugly sorcery.

    Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • Followed Winona and Merle, the latter bearing her hymn book and at some pains keeping step with his companion.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • I would get hold of every hymn book I could find and learn the music.

    Vocal Mastery Harriette Brower
British Dictionary definitions for hymn book

hymn book

noun
1.
a book containing the words and music of hymns

hymnal

/ˈhɪmnəl/
noun
1.
a book of hymns
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of hymns
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Word Origin and History for hymn book

hymnal

n.

c.1500, imnale, himnale, from Medieval Latin hymnale, from ymnus, from Latin hymnus (see hymn). As an adjective, attested from 1640s. Hymnal measure, a quatrain, usually iambic, alternately rhymed, is so called for being the preferred verse form for English hymns (e.g. "Amazing Grace"), but it has been popular in English secular poetry as well, "though it almost always suggests the hymn, directly or ironically" [Miller Williams, "Patterns of Poetry," Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1986].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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