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alleluia

[al-uh-loo-yuh] /ˌæl əˈlu yə/
interjection
1.
praise ye the Lord; hallelujah.
noun
2.
a song of praise to God.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek allēlouíā < Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Yahweh
Related forms
alleluiatic
[al-uh-loo-yat-ik] /ˌæl ə luˈyæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for alleluia

alleluia

/ˌælɪˈluːjə/
interjection
1.
praise the Lord! Used more commonly in liturgical contexts in place of hallelujah
noun
2.
a song of praise to God
Word Origin
C14: via Medieval Latin from Hebrew hallelūyāh

hallelujah

/ˌhælɪˈluːjə/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of praise to God
2.
an expression of relief or a similar emotion
noun
3.
an exclamation of "Hallelujah"
4.
a musical composition that uses the word Hallelujah as its text
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew hallelūyāh praise the Lord, from hellēl to praise + yāh the Lord, Yahweh
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Word Origin and History for alleluia

late 14c., from Latin alleluja, from Greek allelouia, from Hebrew hallelu-yah "praise Jehovah" (see hallelujah).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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alleluia in the Bible

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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Encyclopedia Article for 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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