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gospel

[ gos-puhl ]
/ ˈgɒs pəl /
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noun

adjective

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Origin of gospel

before 950; Middle English go(d)spell,Old English gōdspell (see good, spell2); translation of Greek euangélion good news; see evangel1
non·gos·pel, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gospel (1 of 2)

gospel
/ (ˈɡɒspəl) /

noun

Also called: gospel truth an unquestionable truthto take someone's word as gospel
a doctrine maintained to be of great importance
Black religious music originating in the churches of the Southern states of the United States
the message or doctrine of a religious teacher
  1. the story of Christ's life and teachings as narrated in the Gospels
  2. the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ
  3. (as modifier)the gospel story
Old English gōdspell, from gōd good + spell message; see spell ²; compare Old Norse guthspjall, Old High German guotspell

British Dictionary definitions for gospel (2 of 2)

Gospel
/ (ˈɡɒspəl) /

noun

any of the first four books of the New Testament, namely Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
a reading from one of these in a religious service
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Cultural definitions for gospel

gospel

The “good news” of salvation (see also salvation) (see Gospels). Certain styles of religious music are also called “gospel.” (See spirituals (see also spirituals).)

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