- the Biblical book of Psalms.
- (sometimes lowercase) a psalmbook.
Origin of Psalter
Examples from the Web for psalter
The Psalter, portions of the Bible, lives of saints, were put into verse.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
You will read out from the psalter all the evening, and up to midnight.
There was no help for it, so the Soldier took to his psalter and read and read.
In 1568 other printers produced in Moscow the Psalter, and other books.A Survey of Russian Literature, with Selections
Isabel Florence Hapgood
Mildred adorned her psalter with the ravished hair and sent it to her mother.Early Double Monasteries
- another name for Psalms, esp in the version in the Book of Common Prayer
- a translation, musical, or metrical version of the Psalms
- a devotional or liturgical book containing a version of Psalms, often with a musical setting
Word Origin and History for psalter
"the Book of Psalms," Old English saltere, psaltere, from Church Latin psalterium "the songs of David," in secular Latin, "stringed instrument played by twanging," from Greek psalterion "stringed instrument, psaltery, harp," from psallein "to pluck, play on a stringed instrument" (see psalm).