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

  • interj. Used to express praise or adoration to God.
  • n. A cry of "hosanna.”
  • n. A shout of fervent and worshipful praise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A cry of praise or adoration to God in liturgical use among the Jews, and said to have been shouted in recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem; hence since used in the Christian Church.
  • n. A cry of ‘hosanna’.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Hebrew exclamation of praise to the Lord, or an invocation of blessings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An exclamation praying God for deliverance, or an acclamation or ascription of praise to God.

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

  • n. a cry of praise or adoration (to God)


Middle English osanna, from Old English, from Late Latin ōsanna, from Greek hōsanna, from Hebrew hôša'-nā', deliver us : hôša', second person singular of hôšîa', to save; see wṯʿ in Semitic roots + -nā', injunctive particle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin osanna, hosanna, from Ancient Greek ὡσαννά (hosanna), from Aramaic אושענא ('ōsha‘nā), from Classical Hebrew הוֹשַׁענָא (hōsha‘nā, "please save"). (Wiktionary)



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