psalm

[ sahm ]
/ sɑm /

noun

a sacred song or hymn.
(initial capital letter) any of the songs, hymns, or prayers contained in the Book of Psalms.
a metric version or paraphrase of any of these.
a poem of a similar nature.

Origin of psalm

before 900; Middle English psalm(e), s(e)alm(e), psame, Old English ps(e)alm, sealm < Late Latin psalmus < Greek psalmós song sung to the harp, orig., a plucking, as of strings, akin to psállein to pluck, pull, play (the harp)

Related forms

psalm·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for psalm

psalm

/ (sɑːm) /

noun

(often capital) any of the 150 sacred songs, lyric poems, and prayers that together constitute a book (Psalms) of the Old Testament
a musical setting of one of these poems
any sacred song or hymn

Derived Forms

psalmic, adjective

Word Origin for psalm

Old English, from Late Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos song accompanied on the harp, from psallein to play (the harp)
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