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alleluia

[al-uh-loo-yuh]
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interjection
  1. praise ye the Lord; hallelujah.
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noun
  1. a song of praise to God.
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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
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Related Words for alleluia

chant, paean, ditty, psalm, oratorio, descant, aria, laud, shout, lay, carol, ode, choral, lied, evensong, chorale, canticle, hallelujah, hosanna, alleluia

British Dictionary definitions for alleluia

alleluia

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