hallelujah

or hal·le·lu·iah

[ hal-uh-loo-yuh ]
/ ˌhæl əˈlu yə /

interjection

Praise ye the Lord!

noun

an exclamation of “hallelujah!”
a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude.
a musical composition wholly or principally based upon the word “hallelujah.”

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Origin of hallelujah

1525–35; < Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Yahweh; cf. alleluia
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Example sentences from the Web for halleluiah

  • I seen de fulfilment o' promise, an' my heart was bustin' full, but I ain't got no halleluiah tongue like you.

    The River's Children|Ruth McEnery Stuart
  • Truly, as we think of all this, we cannot but own that every breath should be a halleluiah.

  • He snatched it—gloated over it; doubted it—bit it—found it genuine—choked his heart down, and smothered a halleluiah.

    Roughing It|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

British Dictionary definitions for halleluiah

hallelujah

halleluiah alleluia (ˌælɪˈluːjə)

/ (ˌhælɪˈluːjə) /

interjection

an exclamation of praise to God
an expression of relief or a similar emotion

noun

an exclamation of "Hallelujah"
a musical composition that uses the word Hallelujah as its text

Word Origin for hallelujah

C16: from Hebrew hallelūyāh praise the Lord, from hellēl to praise + yāh the Lord, Yahweh
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