from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A song of praise or thanksgiving to God or a deity.
- n. A song of praise or joy; a paean.
- transitive v. To praise, glorify, or worship in or as if in a hymn.
- intransitive v. To sing hymns.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A song of praise or worship.
- v. To sing a hymn; to praise or worship by singing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An ode or song of praise or adoration; especially, a religious ode, a sacred lyric; a song of praise or thanksgiving intended to be used in religious service
- transitive v. To praise in song; to worship or extol by singing hymns; to sing.
- intransitive v. To sing in praise or adoration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In general, a religious ode, song, or other poem: as, the Homeric hymns; the hymns of Pindar.
- n. Specifically A metrical formula of public worship, usually designed to be sung by a company of worshipers.
- n. In a narrow sense, an extra-Biblical poem of worship: opposed to psalm.
- To celebrate or worship in song; address hymns to; salute with song.
- To express in a hymn; sing as a hymn: as, “hymned thanks,”
- To sing hymns.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. sing a hymn
- v. praise by singing a hymn
- n. a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
Middle English imne, from Old French ymne, from Latin hymnus, song of praise, from Greek humnos.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ymne, borrowed from Old French ymne, from Latin hymnus, borrowed from Ancient Greek ὕμνος (hymnos) (Wiktionary)