[ sawl-ter ]
/ ˈsɔl tər /


the Biblical book of Psalms.
(sometimes lowercase) a psalmbook.

Origin of Psalter

before 900; < Late Latin psaltērium the Psalter, Latin: a psaltery < Greek psaltḗrion stringed instrument; replacing Middle English sauter (< Anglo-French < Late Latin) and Old English saltere (< Late Latin, as above) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for psalter

/ (ˈsɔːltə) /


another name for Psalms, esp in the version in the Book of Common Prayer
a translation, musical, or metrical version of the Psalms
a devotional or liturgical book containing a version of Psalms, often with a musical setting

Word Origin for Psalter

Old English psaltere, from Late Latin psaltērium, from Greek psaltērion stringed instrument, from psallein to play a stringed instrument
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