hallelujah

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Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew הַלְלוּיָהּ(hal'luyáh, Praise Yah).

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hallelujah

  1. An exclamation used in songs of praise or thanksgiving to God.
  2. (by extension) A general expression of gratitude or adoration.
    Hallelujah! It’s finally the weekend!

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Noun[edit]

Examples (song)

hallelujah (plural hallelujahs)

  1. A shout of “Hallelujah”.
  2. (music) A song of praise to God; a musical composition based on the word "Hallelujah".
  3. (in the plural) General praise.
    • 1855, Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom, New York: Miller, Orton and Mulligan, page 441:
      Who so stolid and selfish, that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs?

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Verb[edit]

hallelujah (third-person singular simple present hallelujahs, present participle hallelujahing, simple past and past participle hallelujahed)

  1. (intransitive) To cry "hallelujah" in praise.
    • 1971, Jack Kerouac, chapter 1, in Pic:
      My aunt Gastonia [] she'd seen the Lord more times than they could ever count, and hallelujahed and hallelujahed, said, “While's all this the Gospel word and true, []

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