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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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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

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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