[ see-luh, sel-uh ]
/ ˈsi lə, ˈsɛl ə /


an expression occurring frequently in the Psalms, thought to be a liturgical or musical direction, probably a direction by the leader to raise the voice or perhaps an indication of a pause.

Origin of selah

First recorded in 1520–30, selah is from the Hebrew word selāh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for selah

/ (ˈsiːlə) /


a Hebrew word of unknown meaning occurring in the Old Testament psalms, and thought to be a musical direction

Word Origin for selah

C16: from Hebrew
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