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  1. a song or ode in praise or honor of God, a deity, a nation, etc.

  2. something resembling this, as a speech, essay, or book in praise of someone or something.

verb (used with object)
  1. to praise or celebrate in a hymn; express in a hymn.

verb (used without object)
  1. to sing hymns.

Origin of hymn

before 1000; <Latin hymnus<Greek hýmnos song in praise of gods or heroes; replacing Middle English ymne (<Old French ) and Old English ymn (<Late Latin ymnus)

Other words for hymn

Other words from hymn

  • hymn·er [him-er, -ner], /ˈhɪm ər, -nər/, noun
  • hymnlike, adjective
  • un·hymned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for hymn


/ (hɪm) /

  1. a Christian song of praise sung to God or a saint

  2. a similar song praising other gods, a nation, etc

  1. to express (praises, thanks, etc) by singing hymns

Origin of hymn

C13: from Latin hymnus, from Greek humnos

Derived forms of hymn

  • hymnic (ˈhɪmnɪk), adjective
  • hymnlike, adjective

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