Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[see-luh, sel-uh] /ˈsi lə, ˈsɛl ə/
an expression occurring frequently in the Psalms, thought to be a liturgical or musical direction, probably a direction by the leader to raise the voice or perhaps an indication of a pause.
Origin of selah
First recorded in 1520-30, selah is from the Hebrew word selāh Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for selah
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The conquest of selah secured the road for his commercial caravans.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • It is divided into five strophes, three of which are marked by selah.

  • But you will not be lovable then, selah; you will only be horribly intelligent and capable.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • selah informed the Leagues of this as she made this tour from one community to another.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • "I've come to see you about something," selah said, advancing.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • "They are not dead, they are married," selah said soothingly.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • selah fled from the house, climbed into the car, and commanded the chauffeur to drive on.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • Yea, verily, there'll be nothing left when we get through—selah!

    The Sins of the Father

    Thomas Dixon
  • Meanwhile, at any rate, selah was sure he had a card; he felt there was money in the air.

British Dictionary definitions for selah


a Hebrew word of unknown meaning occurring in the Old Testament psalms, and thought to be a musical direction
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for selah

1520s, Hebrew word occurring frequently at the end of verse in Psalter. Supposed to be a liturgical direction, perhaps meaning "pause," or perhaps a musical direction to raise the voice (cf. Hebrew base s-l-l "to raise, lift").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for selah

Word Value for selah

Scrabble Words With Friends