noun (used with a singular verb)
Definition for psalms (2 of 2)
Origin of psalm
Examples from the Web for psalms
As for the Psalms, the Bible never says that David wrote them.
Actually, it would be about a millennium after David lived that anyone proposed that he was the author of the Psalms.
The Psalms remain the language of joy and sorrow for people everywhere.
The girl pressed up against my elbow is fervently reading Tehilim (Psalms) by the light of her phone.Attending Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Funeral as a Secular Jewish Woman|Michelle Bubis|October 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Hebrew word for “waterspout,” as used in the book of Psalms, could also be translated as “waterfall.”
He admired Luis de Len and imitated him in paraphrases of the Psalms.Modern Spanish Lyrics|Various
I have spoken of the present collection of the Psalms as one book, but it is in reality five books.Who Wrote the Bible?|Washington Gladden
His character is that of the Old Testament; some of his utterances are strong reminders of the Psalms.Homer's Odyssey|Denton J. Snider
A little later they started for church, but toward the end of the Psalms Donovan felt a touch on his arm.We Two|Edna Lyall
These were called Hallel, which means praise, and if you will read the psalms you will see why.The Bible Story|Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
British Dictionary definitions for psalms (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for psalms (2 of 2)
Word Origin for psalm
Word Origin and History for psalms
Old English psealm, salm, partly from Old French psaume, saume, partly from Church Latin psalmus, from Greek psalmos "song sung to a harp," originally "performance on stringed instrument; a plucking of the harp" (cf. psaltes "harper"), from psallein "play on a stringed instrument, pull, twitch" (see feel (v.)).
Used in Septuagint for Hebrew mizmor "song," especially the sort sung by David to the harp. Related: Psalmodize; psalmody. After some hesitation, the pedantic ps- spelling prevailed in English, as it was in many neighboring languages (German, French, etc.), but English is almost alone in not pronouncing the p-.