Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Hallelujah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A liturgical or variant form of hallelujah.
  • n. A liturgical form of hallelujah.
  • n. A choral composition incorporating alleluia in its text.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An exclamation signifying Praise ye Jehovah. Hence: A song of praise to God. See hallelujah, the commoner form.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as halleluiah.
  • n. Same as halleluiah.
  • n. A name given in Europe to the wood-sorrel, Oxalis Acetosella.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Medieval Latin alleluia, from Late Greek allelouia, from Hebrew halləlû-yāh, praise Yahweh; see hallelujah.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin alleluia, from Hebrew הללויה ("Praise Jah!"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Alleluia: quemadmodum vidistis eum ascendentem in caelum, ita veniet, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

    Ascension Day Music for the Mass

  • The chant became very elaborate, the greater part of it being devoted to the last vowel of the word alleluia, which was prolonged through so many successive notes as to suggest a mystical meaning, viz., that it represented the chant of eternity, or, as Durandus says, the joy that is too great to be expressed in words.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • And it is to wit that this word alleluia is expounded in four manners after four doctors, the first is S. Austin, which exposeth it thus:

    The Golden Legend, vol. 7

  • Matthew, and Thomas, and the still more familiar Jack and Jockey; and even with a few words of Hebrew origin, such as alleluia, balm, bedlam, camel, cider, and sabbath.

    English Dialects From the Eighth Century to the Present Day

  • "alleluia;" they clapped their hands, leaped up, fell down, clasped each other in their free arms, cried, laughed, and went to and fro, tossing upward their unfettered hands; but high above the whole there was a mighty sound which ever and anon swelled up; it was the utterings in broken negro dialect of gratitude to God.

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus

  • Embedded in Koine Greek, and preserved in Latin translations of the Bible, a few Hebrew terms were widely employed in Old English, such as amen and alleluia, Hebrew for “so be it” and “praise Yah,” more often rendered “verily” and “praise the Lord.”

    The English Is Coming!

  • Surely, then, doubt is something to be grateful for, something about which to sing an alleluia.

    Sister Joan Chittister, OSB: People of Faith Should Be Grateful for Doubt

  • His presentation of Molly's penury is sensitive and picturesque, from the "disheveled aplomb" of a broken lamp to the "alleluia of a siren" outside.

    Incandescent Illness And Other Afflictions

  • Perhaps you see with me that this step in the PCUSA joins all kinds of other indications that the church and the world are on the brink of a new era in which -- alleluia!

    Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards: What Is the Meaning of July 10th? God's Love is Ascendant Alleluia!

  • He who laid down his life for his sheep, who died for his flock, he is risen, alleluia.

    Good Shepherd Sunday

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