Te Deum

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From the hymn's opening words, "Te Deum laudamus" ("Thee, O God, we praise").

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Noun[edit]

Te Deum (plural Te Deums)

  1. An early Christian hymn of praise.
  2. A religious service in which the singing of the hymn forms a principal part; a public thanksgiving.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 3:
      Many of these actions [...] further reverberated in public consciousness through the ceremonial celebration of Te Deums, religious rejoicings which were periodically commanded in every parish in the land to give collective thanks for the ruler's triumphs.