Halleluiah

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. & interj Halleluiah Praise ye Jehovah; praise ye the Lord; -- an exclamation used chiefly in songs of praise or thanksgiving to God, and as an expression of gratitude or adoration. "So sung they, and the empyrean rung
      With Hallelujahs ."
      "In those days, as St. Jerome tells us,“any one as he walked in the fields, might hear the plowman at his hallelujahs .”"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • halleluiah Praise ye the Lord: a word used in songs of praise or pious rejoicing, or in solemn ascriptions of thanksgiving to God. It is also used as a noun. It occurs in the English Bible only in Rev. xix. 1, 3, 4, 6, and then in the Greek form, as alleluia. This is the form employed in liturgical usage. It is found in liturgies and offices from very early times. Its most prominent liturgical use is that after the epistle and before the gospel in both the Eastern and Western churches. (See gradual and jubilation.) In the Mozarabic rite it follows the gospel. (See Lauda.) There are probably traces of an original, perhaps Jewish, use of hallcluiah before and after psalms. The Greek Church has a triple “Alleluia” at the end of the cherubic hymn. In the day-hours of the same church it is said after the gloria at the end of stases or portions of psalms. In the Western Church it succeeds the gloria after the versicles at the beginning of the several hours. In Western usage alleluia is not said from Septuagesima to Easter eve.
    • halleluiah Specifically, a musical composition wholly or principally based upon the word halleluiah: as, the Halleluiah (chorus) in Handel's “Messiah” or in Beethoven's “Mount of Olives.”
    • n halleluiah See halleluiah, interj.
    • n halleluiah In botany, same as alleluia, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Halleluiah the exclamation 'Praise (ye) the Lord' (Jah or Jehovah), which occurs in many songs and anthems: a song of praise to God, a musical composition based on the word, as the Hallelujah (chorus) in Handel's Messiah
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Heb. See Alleluia
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Heb., 'Praise ye Jehovah,' halelu, praise ye, and Jāh, Jehovah.

Usage

In literature:

So sung they, and the Empyrean rung, With Halleluiahs: Thus was Sabbath kept.
"The Poetical Works of John Milton" by John Milton
J.P. Bang: Hurrah and Halleluiah.
"Gems (?) of German Thought" by Various
And once he accompanies Jerry to the Temple of Atheism to behold its high Priest and hear him chant halleluiah to the Nebular Hypothesis.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
But muffled sounds of shouting, of murmurings, of halleluiahs were heard.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
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In news:

Grumble Halleluiah Surprisingly, God welcomed my resigned, crabby, sigh-filled, grumbly praises.
Grumble Halleluiah Surprisingly, God welcomed my resigned, crabby, sigh-filled, grumbly praises.
I saw the new restaurant on South Atherton Street and thought: Halleluiah.
Cameras captured a flash mob singing the Halleluiah Chorus in Niagara Falls, Ontario on November 13 at the Food Court.
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