- it is so; so be it (used after a prayer, creed, or other formal statement to express solemn ratification or agreement).
- verily; truly.
- an utterance of the interjection “amen.”
- a musical setting for such an utterance.
- an expression of concurrence or assent: The committee gave its amen to the proposal.
Origin of amen
- a primeval deity worshiped especially at Thebes, the personification of air or breath represented as either a ram or a goose (later identified with Amen-Ra).
- so be it!: a term used at the end of a prayer or religious statement
- the use of the word amen, as at the end of a prayer
- say amen to to express strong approval of or support for (an assertion, hope, etc)
Amon or Amn
- Egyptian myth a local Theban god, having a ram's head and symbolizing life and fertility, identified by the Egyptians with the national deity Amen-Ra
Word Origin and History for amen
Old English, from Late Latin amen, from Ecclesiastical Greek amen, from Hebrew amen "truth," used adverbially as an expression of agreement (e.g. Deut. xxvii:26, I Kings i:36; cf. Modern English verily, surely, absolutely in the same sense), from Semitic root a-m-n "to be trustworthy, confirm, support." Used in Old English only at the end of Gospels, otherwise translated as Soðlic! or Swa hit ys, or Sy! As an expression of concurrence after prayers, it is recorded from early 13c.