- 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).
Examples from the Web for amens
Historical Examples of amens
Romalls, amens, casserillias, and ribdilures were high-sounding but perishable.The Old Furniture Book
N. Hudson Moore
Sleepily but happily we responded with hallelujahs and amens.Against the Current
Edward A. Steiner
I never was much of a hand to sound the amens, even in our own Methodist meetin's.Sonny, A Christmas Guest
Ruth McEnery Stuart
How those men used to pray with stentorian voice, which called forth loud “Amens” from voices all over the chapel!Recollections of a Long Life
Why is a in amens long, and a in amans short, and the like of other Words too numerous to relate?Letters Concerning Poetical Translations
- 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)
Word Origin for amen
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 amens
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.