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hymnal

[him-nl] /ˈhɪm nl/
noun
1.
Also called hymnbook
[him-boo k] /ˈhɪmˌbʊk/ (Show IPA)
. a book of hymns for use in a religious service.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to hymns.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; (in def 1) < Medieval Latin hymnāle, noun use of neuter of hymnālis (adj.); (in def 2) < Medieval Latin hymnālis; see hymn, -al1, -al2
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  • We are singing from the same hymnal on this side of the table.
British Dictionary definitions for hymnal

hymnal

/ˈhɪmnəl/
noun
1.
a book of hymns
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of hymns
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Word Origin and History for hymnal
n.

c.1500, imnale, himnale, from Medieval Latin hymnale, from ymnus, from Latin hymnus (see hymn). As an adjective, attested from 1640s. Hymnal measure, a quatrain, usually iambic, alternately rhymed, is so called for being the preferred verse form for English hymns (e.g. "Amazing Grace"), but it has been popular in English secular poetry as well, "though it almost always suggests the hymn, directly or ironically" [Miller Williams, "Patterns of Poetry," Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1986].

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