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  1. the study of hymns, their history, classification, etc.
  2. the composition of hymns.
  3. hymns collectively.
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Origin of hymnology

First recorded in 1630–40; hymn + -o- + -logy
Related formshym·no·log·ic [him-nl-oj-ik] /ˌhɪm nlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, hym·no·log·i·cal, adjectivehym·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverbhym·nol·o·gist, noun
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Historical Examples of hymnology

  • It has ever since been considered one of the chief ornaments of German hymnology.

    Hymns from the German


  • This long list includes but one author—John Keble—who has attained fame as a poet outside the annals of hymnology.

  • In the seminaries lectures are given on liturgiology and hymnology; but what are hymns and liturgies without music?

  • Most students of English hymnology have observed a similar fact in their own religious poetry.

  • Will charm those who take an interest in the hymnology of the Christian Church.

    The Expositor's Bible

    George Adam Smith

British Dictionary definitions for hymnology


  1. the study of hymn composition
  2. another word for hymnody
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Derived Formshymnologic (ˌhɪmnəˈlɒdʒɪk) or hymnological, adjectivehymnologist, noun
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