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.
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- 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)
Hosanna to the Son of David\ etc. The word hosanna means,
Hastings '"Dict of the Bible" that the word hosanna was derived from
It was with this indefinite meaning that the word hosanna passed, at
In every Mass the word hosanna is said twice during the Sanctus at the end of the
The proper signification of hosanna is that which we find,
If Jesus really raised Lazarus from the grave, and entered Jerusalem at the head of a procession, waving branches and shouting, "hosanna" -- if he was really crucified in Jerusalem, and ascended from one of its environs -- is it possible that Paul neither saw Jesus nor heard anything about these miracles?
That the populace easily changed their cry from "hosanna" to "crucify him" is not surprising.
Additionally, very few people, particularly outside the church, have any idea what "hosanna" means.
As anyone can see clearly, both admirers and detractors of the NEC are now together singing "hosanna" not because victory goes to the much-feared violence-prone CDC, but in acknowledgement of the professional, capable and peaceful manner the by-election, or at least the rerun, was conducted.
"hosanna" is a plea for salvation, and as such, it is considered a form of worship or praise, since it is a recognition that is supposed to go only to God (the OT says that there is no savior except for God - Isaiah 43: 11), and as a form of praise or worship, it may or may not literally mean "save us," but could also be intended as a general "Praise God."