[ hoh-zan-uh ]
/ hoʊˈzæn ə /


(an exclamation, originally an appeal to God for deliverance, used in praise of God or Christ.)

noun, plural ho·san·nas.

a cry of “hosanna.”
a shout of praise or adoration; an acclamation.

verb (used with object), ho·san·naed, ho·san·na·ing.

to praise, applaud, etc.: The critics hosannaed his new play.

Origin of hosanna

< Late Latin (h)ōsanna < Greek ōsanná < Heb hōsh(i) ʿāh nnā save, we pray; replacing Middle English, Old English osanna < Late Latin, as above
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/ (həʊˈzænə) /


an exclamation of praise, esp one to God


the act of crying "hosanna"

Word Origin for hosanna

Old English osanna, via Late Latin from Greek, from Hebrew hōshi `āh nnā save now, we pray
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Word Origin and History for hosanna


Old English osanna, via Latin and Greek from Hebrew hosha'na, probably a shortening of hoshi'ah-nna "save, we pray" (cf. Psalms cxviii:25), from imperative of y-sh- (cf. yeshua "salvation, deliverance, welfare") + emphatic particle -na. Originally an appeal for deliverance; used in Christian Church as an ascription of praise, because when Jesus entered Jerusalem this was shouted by Galilean pilgrims in recognition of his messiahhood (Matt. xxi:9, 15, etc.).

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