[ sawl-ter ]
/ ˈsɔl tər /
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the Biblical book of Psalms.
(sometimes lowercase) a psalmbook.



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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)
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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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