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hosanna

[hoh-zan-uh]
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interjection
  1. (an exclamation, originally an appeal to God for deliverance, used in praise of God or Christ.)
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noun, plural ho·san·nas.
  1. a cry of “hosanna.”
  2. a shout of praise or adoration; an acclamation.
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verb (used with object), ho·san·naed, ho·san·na·ing.
  1. to praise, applaud, etc.: The critics hosannaed his new play.
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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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hosanna

interjection
  1. an exclamation of praise, esp one to God
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noun
  1. the act of crying "hosanna"
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Word Origin

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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