From Old French hymnodie, from Latin hymnodia, from Ancient Greek ὑμνῳδία (humnōidía), from ὑμνῳδέω (humnōidéō, “I sing a hymn”), from ὕμνος (húmnos, “song of praise”) + ἀείδω (aeídō, “I sing”).
hymnody (countable and uncountable, plural hymnodies)
- (uncountable) The writing, composing, or singing of hymns or psalms.
- 1721, Thomas Ken, "Vrania: or, the Spouſe's Garden", The Works of the Right Reverend, Learned and Pious, Thomas Ken, D.D., Vol. IV, J. Wyat, page 448,
- Primeval Worſhip, Lord, retrieve, / For whoſe Decays the Faithful grieve, / For as thy Temple-Off'rings fall or riſe, / Hymnody chills or fires, Religion lives or dies.
- (countable) The hymns of a particular church or of a particular time.
- 1718, William Gordon, An Apology for the Use of the English Liturgy and Worship, J. Bettenham, page 56
- Therefore do we recite this Seraphick Theology delivered to us, that in that cæleſtial Hymnody we may communicate with the Heavenly Hoſt …