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

  • n. An expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service.

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  • n. An expression of praise to God, especially a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In Christian worship: A hymn expressing praise and honor to God; a form of praise to God designed to be sung or chanted by the choir or the congregation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A hymn or psalm of praise to God; a form of words containing an ascription of praise to God; specifically, the Gloria in Excelsis or great doxology, the Gloria Patri or lesser doxology, or some metrical ascription to the Trinity, like that beginning “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hymn or verse in Christian liturgy glorifying God

Etymologies

Medieval Latin doxologia, from Greek doxologiā, praise : doxa, glory, honor (from dokein, to seem; see dek- in Indo-European roots) + -logiā, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin doxologia, from Ancient Greek δοξολογία (doksologia, "a praising"), from δοξολόγος (doksologos, "giving or uttering praise"), from δόξα (doksa, "glory, honor, repute"), from δοκεῖν (dokein, "to think, expect"). (Wiktionary)

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