verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- hymn book,
- hymnal stanza,
Origin of hymn
Examples from the Web for hymn
There a professional choir had assembled, repeatedly singing the hymn “Hallelujah” a cappella.Silvio Berlusconi Steps Down: Protesters Celebrate in Front of His Home|Barbie Latza Nadeau|November 12, 2011|DAILY BEAST
This whimsical story was based on a hymn that she recorded for a CD years ago.
All the four priests marched joyfully, singing the hymn “Pangelingua.”The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros|Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
It bore a beautiful inscription taken from an old Ascension Day hymn.Church Bells|H. B. Walters
Many a blessed hour shall I have over this picture,—many a hymn shall I sing as my work goes on.Agnes of Sorrento|Harriet Beecher Stowe
And then shouldst thou go with joy to thy work, after a Hymn, or the Ten Commandments, or whatever thy devotion may suggest.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism|Joseph Stump
Among the articles brought from the post trader's were a few Bibles, hymn books, and elementary school books, slates and pencils.For Woman's Love|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Word Origin for hymn
c.1000, from Old French ymne and Old English ymen, both from Latin hymnus "song of praise," from Greek hymnos "song or ode in praise of gods or heroes," used in Septuagint for various Hebrew words meaning "song praising God." Possibly a variant of hymenaios "wedding song," from Hymen, Greek god of marriage (see hymen), or from a PIE root *sam- "to sing" (cf. Hittite išhamai "he sings," Sanskrit saman- "hymn, song") [Watkins]. Evidence for the silent -n- dates from at least 1530.