• WordNet 3.6
    • n hosanna a cry of praise or adoration (to God)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hosanna A Hebrew exclamation of praise to the Lord, or an invocation of blessings. "Hosanna to the Highest.""Hosanna to the Son of David."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hosanna An exclamation praying God for deliverance, or an acclamation or ascription of praise to God. This exclamation originated from the Hebrew words rendered “Save now” in Ps. cxviii. 25, a psalm forming part of the Hallel used at the Passover. The form hosanna is recorded in Mat. xxi. 9, 15, and in the parallel passages (Mark xi. 9, 10; John xii. 13), as used by the multitude in acclamation to Christ entering Jerusalem in triumph on the Sunday before his crucifixion, with the additions “to the son of David” and “in the highest.” It has been in liturgical use from very early times. It appears in the Clementine Liturgy, in the response to the Sancta Sanctis, and in the liturgical directions of the book called The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles. In both the Western and the principal Eastern liturgies it follows the Sanctus. The English Prayer-Book of 1549 retained the hosanna (osanna) in the first “hosanna in excelsis,” but altered the second to “Glory be to thee, O Lord, in the highest.” (See Luke xix. 38.) Later revisions omitted the first hosanna and changed ‘in the highest’ to ‘most High.’ See Benedictus.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. Heb. hōshī'āh nnā,save now, save, we pray, hōshīa', to save (Hiphil, a causative form, of yāsha',) + , a particle


In literature:

Bird of our country sings hosanna, 16.
"The Biglow Papers" by James Russell Lowell
Send up hosannas to the firmament.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
Rex Israel: Hosanna in excelsis.
"The St. Gregory Hymnal and Catholic Choir Book" by Various
Proselytes from other and hostile creeds trooped over with hosannas and loud outcries of rejoicing.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
Unsanctified human nature is always fickle, and the "Hosanna" of yesterday become the "Crucify Him" of to-day.
"Our Bessie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
The Lord lead us all: if I can only get off the stage with clean hands, I shall sing Hosanna.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
We cry aloud, 'Hosanna!
"The Standard Cantatas" by George P. Upton
At 9.30, to us enter Bertha, Dick, Hosanna, and Wolfgang, to name them in alphabetical order.
"Christmas Eve and Christmas Day" by Edward E. Hale
They all joined in the procession, and sang songs, and shouted 'Hosanna!
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
If Death had caught me then, I think I could have sung hosannas with the saints.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 98, December, 1865" by Various

In poetry:

So Rome, our Sackcloth shall remoue,
and with Palme bowes wee sing:
Hosanna, and Halaluiah,
to Christ our Head and King.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton
Most Gracious King, One Lord in Three,
All Heaven in anthems rung,
Hosanna, praise, triumphantly,
Rejoice for the lost Christ won.
"The Ministering Soul" by Mary Alice Walton
Hosanna to the living Lord!
Hosanna to the Incarnate Word!
Hosanna in the earth be said,
And in the heaven which He hath made!
"Hymn 1. Advent Sunday" by Reginald Heber
Children amidst thy temple throng
To see their great Redeemer's face;
The Son of David is their song,
And young hosannas fill the place.
"Psalm 8 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Ride on! ride on in majesty!
Hark! all the tribes Hosanna cry!
O Saviour meek pursue thy road,
With palms and scattered garments strowed.
"Ride on! ride on in majesty!" by Henry Hart Milman
People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on his love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their young Hosannas to his name.
"Psalm LXXII: Great God" by Isaac Watts

In news:

FBI agents raid Hosanna Health Care in Mission.
HOSANNA By Arley Steinhour 102512.
Ribbon cutting for Hosanna Health & Rehab will be Oct 11.
ANDERSON — The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for Hosanna Health & Rehab of Piedmont at 5 pm Thursday, Oct 11.
Lutheran Church hosts Hosanna University.
Lutheran Church will host its annual " Hosanna University" from 6:30 to 8 pm on Fridays, Jan 20, Feb 3 and 17.
Hosanna -Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v E.E.O.C.
Stanford law professor Michael W McConnell, the leading constitutional scholar on religious liberty, has a superb op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the Hosanna -Tabor case being argued this morning in the Supreme Court.
Hosanna Broadcasting Foundation recently announced its seventh annual Blessing Africa fundraiser, which will benefit HIV/AIDS orphans in Ethiopia, East Africa.
The Magic of Healthy Living' to be held at Hosanna Lutheran Church.
They were married Sept 1, 1962, at Hosanna Lutheran Church in St Paul by Judy's father, the pastor at that church at the time.
Hosanna Houser creates a colorful and eco-friendly lunch tote from laminated cotton.
Hosanna Houser creates a beautiful handbag using layers of ribbon .
Delight a young girl on Valentine's Day with this simple-to-sew purse project from TV crafter Hosanna Houser.
In Hosanna- Tabor , government should butt out.