the singing or the composition of hymns or sacred songs.
hymns collectively, especially the collective hymns of a specific religion, place, or period.

Nearby words

  1. hymnal stanza,
  2. hymnary,
  3. hymner,
  4. hymnist,
  5. hymnodical,
  6. hymnology,
  7. hyoepiglottic,
  8. hyoglossal membrane,
  9. hyoid,
  10. hyoid arch

Origin of hymnody

1705–15; < Medieval Latin hymnōdia < Greek hymnōidía chanting of a hymn, equivalent to hýmn(os) hymn + ōidía singing (aoid- sing (see ode) + -ia -ia)

Related formshym·nod·i·cal [him-nod-i-kuh l] /hɪmˈnɒd ɪ kəl/, adjectivehym·no·dist, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for hymnodist



the composition or singing of hymns
hymns collectively
Also called: hymnology

Derived Formshymnodical (hɪmˈnɒdɪkəl), adjective

Word Origin for hymnody

C18: from Medieval Latin hymnōdia, from Greek humnōidia, from humnōidein to chant a hymn, from hymn + aeidein to sing

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