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  1. a song of praise to God.

Origin of alleluia

1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek allēlouíā < Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Yahweh
Related formsal·le·lu·iat·ic [al-uh-loo-yat-ik] /ˌæl ə luˈyæt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for alleluia


  1. praise the Lord! Used more commonly in liturgical contexts in place of hallelujah
  1. a song of praise to God

Word Origin for alleluia

C14: via Medieval Latin from Hebrew hallelūyāh
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Word Origin and History for alleluia

late 14c., from Latin alleluja, from Greek allelouia, from Hebrew hallelu-yah "praise Jehovah" (see hallelujah).

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