- Also called hymn·book [him-boo k] /ˈhɪmˌbʊk/. a book of hymns for use in a religious service.
- of or relating to hymns.
Origin of hymnal
Examples from the Web for hymnal
Surreally, a choir of high school students at the gate adjoining ours begins singing a hymnal.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
For his part, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is singing from Reid's hymnal.Prism and the NSA: Something Congress Can Agree On
June 16, 2013
As originally composed, the collection could not be used as a hymnal.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
Jens Christian Aaberg
Mrs. Eddy has contributed the words of three of the hymns in the Hymnal.Christian Science
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Behind her came the First Assistant with the prayer-book and hymnal.Love Stories
Mary Roberts Rinehart
She read the introduction, title-page, and acknowledgment of copyrights, in the hymnal.Main Street
A hymnal verse of the theme enters in the wood answered by impetuous strings on a coursing phrase.
- a book of hymns
- of, relating to, or characteristic of hymns
Word Origin and History for hymnal
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].