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

n a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)

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Dies Irae
the first words of a medieval Latin hymn describing the Last Judgment (literally `day of wrath')
a revolutionary socialist anthem
Te Deum
an ancient liturgical hymn
(Luke) the canticle of the Virgin Mary (from Luke 1:46 beginning `Magnificat anima mea Dominum')
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(ancient Greece) a passionate hymn (usually in honor of Dionysus)
a hymn or verse in Christian liturgy glorifying God
choral, chorale
a stately Protestant (especially Lutheran) hymn tune
a hymn derived from the Bible
a wedding hymn
paean, pean
(ancient Greece) a hymn of praise (especially one sung in ancient Greece to invoke or thank a deity)
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

v sing a hymn

Type of:
deliver by singing

v praise by singing a hymn

“They hymned their love of God”
Type of:
exalt, extol, glorify, laud, proclaim
praise, glorify, or honor

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