hosanna

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin osanna, hosanna, from Ancient Greek ὡσαννά (hōsanná), from Aramaic אושענא ('ōsha‘nā), from Classical Hebrew הוֹשַׁענָא (hōsha‘nā, please save).

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hosanna

  1. A cry of praise or adoration to God in liturgical use among the Jews, and said to have been shouted in recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem; hence since used in the Christian Church.

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Noun[edit]

hosanna (plural hosannas)

  1. A cry of ‘hosanna’.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 23:
      The hall rang with the hosannas of the faithful, while the women knelt at his feet to ask for salvation.