or hal·le·lu·iah



Praise ye the Lord!


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

Origin of hallelujah

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

Historical Examples of halleluiah

  • Truly, as we think of all this, we cannot but own that every breath should be a 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

  • 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


halleluiah alleluia (ˌælɪˈluːjə)


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


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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Word Origin and History for halleluiah


also halleluiah, 1530s, from Hebrew hallalu-yah "praise ye Jehovah," from hallalu, plural imperative of hallel "to praise" also "song of praise," from hillel "he praised," of imitative origin, with primary sense being "to trill." Second element is yah, shortened form of Yahweh, name of God. Replaced variant formation alleluia (12c.).

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