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.”

Origin of hallelujah

1525–35; < Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Yahweh; cf. alleluia
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British Dictionary definitions for hallelujah

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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Word Origin and History for hallelujah

hallelujah


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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