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

  • n. A hymn of praise to God sung as part of a liturgy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An early Christian hymn of praise.
  • n. A religious service in which the singing of the hymn forms a principal part; a public thanksgiving.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An ancient and celebrated Christian hymn, of uncertain authorship, but often ascribed to St. Ambrose; -- so called from the first words “Te Deum laudamus.” It forms part of the daily matins of the Roman Catholic breviary, and is sung on all occasions of thanksgiving. In its English form, commencing with words, “We praise thee, O God,” it forms a part of the regular morning service of the Church of England and the Protestant Episcopal Church in America.
  • A religious service in which the singing of the hymn forms a principal part.
  • A musical setting of the Te Deum{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An ancient hymn, in the form of a psalm, sung at matins, or morning prayer, in the Roman Catholic and in the Anglican Church, and also separately as a service of thanksgiving on special occasions.
  • A musical setting of this hymn.
  • Hence A thanksgiving service in which this hymn forms a principal part.

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

  • n. an ancient liturgical hymn

Etymologies

From Late Latin Tē Deum (laudāmus), You, God, (we praise), the opening words of the hymn : Latin , you + Latin deum, accusative of deus, god.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the hymn's opening words, "Te Deum laudamus" ("Thee, O God, we praise"). (Wiktionary)

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