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

  • interj. Used to conclude a verse in the Psalms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. A word occurring between verses or paragraphs in parts of the Hebrew Bible, often in the Psalms, perhaps indicating a pause for contemplation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A word of doubtful meaning, occuring frequently in the Psalms; by some, supposed to signify silence or a pause in the musical performance of the song.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A transliterated Hebrew word, occurring in the Psalms frequently, and in Habakkuk iii.: probably a direction in the musical rendering of the passage. It is explained by most authorities as meaning ‘Pause,’ but occurs also at the end of psalms.
  • n. A Jewish silver com, equal to 2 shekels.


Hebrew selâ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hebrew (Wiktionary)



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