alleluia

alleluia

[al-uh-loo-yuh]
interjection
1.
praise ye the Lord; hallelujah.
noun
2.
a song of praise to God.

Origin:
1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek allēlouíā < Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Yahweh

alleluiatic [al-uh-loo-yat-ik] , adjective
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alleluia (ˌælɪˈluːjə)
 
interj
1.  praise the Lord! Used more commonly in liturgical contexts in place of hallelujah
 
n
2.  a song of praise to God
 
[C14: via Medieval Latin from Hebrew hallelūyāh]

hallelujah, halleluiah or alleluia (ˌhælɪˈluːjə, ˌælɪˈluːjə)
 
interj
1.  an exclamation of praise to God
2.  an expression of relief or a similar emotion
 
n
3.  an exclamation of "Hallelujah"
4.  a musical composition that uses the word Hallelujah as its text
 
[C16: from Hebrew hallelūyāh praise the Lord, from hellēl to praise + yāh the Lord, Yahweh]
 
halleluiah, halleluiah or alleluia
 
interj
 
n
 
[C16: from Hebrew hallelūyāh praise the Lord, from hellēl to praise + yāh the Lord, Yahweh]
 
alleluia, halleluiah or alleluia
 
interj
 
n
 
[C16: from Hebrew hallelūyāh praise the Lord, from hellēl to praise + yāh the Lord, Yahweh]

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Word Origin & History

alleluia
late 14c., from L. alleluja, from Gk. allelouia, from Heb. hallelu-yah "praise Jehovah" (see hallelujah).
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Alleluia definition


the Greek form (Rev. 19:1, 3, 4, 6) of the Hebrew Hallelujah = Praise ye Jehovah, which begins or ends several of the psalms (106, 111, 112, 113, etc.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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alleluia

Hebrew liturgical expression meaning "praise ye Yah" ("praise the Lord"). It appears in the Hebrew Bible in several psalms, usually at the beginning or end of the psalm or in both places. In ancient Judaism it was probably chanted as an antiphon by the Levite choir. In the New Testament it appears only in Revelation 19, where it occurs four times. It was translated in the Septuagint (Jewish Greek version of the Bible made in the pre-Christian period) and became "alleluia" in the Vulgate (4th-century Christian Latin version). The early Christians adopted the expression in their worship services, and it appeared in Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and some Protestant liturgies and in hymns.

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