hymnody

[ him-nuh-dee ]
/ ˈhɪm nə di /

noun

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

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM hymnody

hym·nod·i·cal [him-nod-i-kuhl], /hɪmˈnɒd ɪ kəl/, adjectivehym·no·dist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hymnody

hymnody
/ (ˈhɪmnədɪ) /

noun

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

Derived forms of hymnody

hymnodical (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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