Definition of hymn noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//hɪm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hɪm//
    Religious items, Pieces of music
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  1. 1a song of praise, especially one praising God and sung by Christians The service began with a rousing hymn. See related entries: Religious items, Pieces of music
  2. 2[usually singular] if a film/movie, book, etc. is a hymn to something, it praises it very strongly
  3. Word OriginOld English, via Latin from Greek humnos ‘ode or song in praise of a god or hero’, used in the Septuagint to translate various Hebrew words, and hence in the New Testament of the Bible and other Christian writings. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet. Idioms
    sing from the same hymn/song sheet
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    (British English, informal) to show that you are in agreement with each other by saying the same things in public
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