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Used to express praise or joy.
1. An exclamation of "hallelujah."
2. Music A composition expressing praise and based on the word "hallelujah."

[Hebrew halləlû-yāh, praise Yahweh : halləlû, masculine pl. imperative of hillēl, to praise; see hll in Semitic roots + yāh, Yahweh; see hwy in Semitic roots.]


(ˌhælɪˈluːjə) or




1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an exclamation of praise to God
2. an expression of relief or a similar emotion
3. an exclamation of "Hallelujah"
4. (Music, other) a musical composition that uses the word Hallelujah as its text
[C16: from Hebrew hallelūyāh praise the Lord, from hellēl to praise + yāh the Lord, Yahweh]


or hal•le•lu•iah

(ˌhæl əˈlu yə)

1. Praise ye the Lord!
2. an exclamation of “hallelujah!”
3. a shout of joy, praise, or gratitude.
4. a musical composition principally based upon the word “hallelujah.”
[1525–35; < Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Yahweh]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hallelujah - a shout or song of praise to Godhallelujah - a shout or song of praise to God  
praise - offering words of homage as an act of worship; "they sang a hymn of praise to God"


[ˌhælɪˈluːjə] N & EXCLaleluya f


[ˌhælɪˈluːjə] alleluia [ˌælɪˈluːjə] excl
(RELIGION)alléluia m
(expressing pleausre, relief)alléluia m


nHalleluja nt


[ˌhælɪˈluːjə] n & exclalleluia m inv
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My father sitting beside me was engrossed in the singing of a chorale that evidently had no end, each verse finished with a long-drawn-out hallelujah, after which the organ played by itself for a hundred years-- by the organist's watch, which was wrong, two minutes exactly-- and then another verse began.
Without interrupting his singing, or altering his devout expression, he put his hand slowly down and gave me a hard pinch--not a playful pinch, but a good hard unmistakeable pinch, such as I had never imagined possible, and then went on serenely to the next hallelujah.
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