hosanna

hosanna

[hoh-zan-uh]
interjection
1.
(an exclamation, originally an appeal to God for deliverance, used in praise of God or Christ.)
noun, plural hosannas.
2.
a cry of “hosanna.”
3.
a shout of praise or adoration; an acclamation.
verb (used with object), hosannaed, hosannaing.
4.
to praise, applaud, etc.: The critics hosannaed his new play.

Origin:
< Late Latin (h)ōsanna < Greek ōsanná < Heb hōsh(i) ʿāh nnā save, we pray; replacing Middle English, Old English osanna < Late Latin, as above

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hosanna (həʊˈzænə)
 
interj
1.  an exclamation of praise, esp one to God
 
n
2.  the act of crying "hosanna"
 
[Old English osanna, via Late Latin from Greek, from Hebrew hōshi `āh nnā save now, we pray]

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hosanna
O.E. osanna, from Heb. hosha'na, probably a shortening of hoshi'ah-nna "save, we pray" (cf. Psalms cxviii.25), from imper. of y-sh- (cf. yeshua "salvation, deliverance, welfare") + emphatic particle -na. Originally an appeal for deliverance; used in Christian Church as an ascription of praise, because
when Jesus entered Jerusalem this was shouted by Galilean pilgrims in recognition of his messiahhood (Matt. xxi.9, 15, etc.).
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Hosanna definition


Save now! or Save, we beseech, (Matt. 21:9). This was a customary form of acclamation at the feast of Tabernacles. (Comp. Ps. 118:25.)

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