hymn

A hymn is a religious song, especially one praising God. People often sing hymns during church services.

The word hymn comes from the Late Latin hymnus, "song of praise," and the Greek hymnos, "festive song in praise of gods or heroes." Though many people think of hymns as Christian, they're used in many other religions too, from ancient Greek hymns to deities, to Sikh hymns and Hindu hymns to many gods. What these songs have in common is giving thanks or praise to a god or gods.

Definitions of hymn
  1. noun
    a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
    synonyms: anthem
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    Dies Irae
    the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')
    Internationale
    a revolutionary socialist anthem
    Te Deum
    an ancient liturgical hymn
    Magnificat
    (Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
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    dithyramb
    (ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)
    doxology
    a hymn or verse in Christian liturgy glorifying God
    choral, chorale
    a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune
    canticle
    a hymn derived from the Bible
    hymeneal
    a wedding hymn
    paean, pean
    (ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
    recessional
    a hymn that is sung at the end of a service as the clergy and choir withdraw
    type of:
    religious song
    religious music for singing
  2. verb
    sing a hymn
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    type of:
    sing
    deliver by singing
  3. verb
    praise by singing a hymn
    “They hymned their love of God”
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    type of:
    exalt, extol, glorify, laud, proclaim
    praise, glorify, or honor
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