Definition: Hymn

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English ymne, from Old English ymen (reinforced by Old French ymne), from Latin hymnus, borrowed from Ancient Greek ὕμνος or húmnos.


hymn (plural hymns)

  1. A song of praise or worship, especially a religious one.

Derived terms

  • hymnal
  • hymn book


hymn (third-person singular simple present hymns, present participle hymning, simple past and past participle hymned)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To sing a hymn.
  2. (transitive) TTo praise or extol in hymns.


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