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hal·le·lu·jah

 (hăl′ə-lo͞o′yə)
interj.
Used to express praise or joy.
n.
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.]

hallelujah

(ˌhælɪˈluːjə) or

halleluiah

;

alleluia

(ˌælɪˈluːjə)
interj
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) an exclamation of praise to God
2. an expression of relief or a similar emotion
n
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]

hal•le•lu•jah

or hal•le•lu•iah

(ˌhæl əˈlu yə)

interj.
1. Praise ye the Lord!
n.
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"
Translations
hallelujaylistys

hallelujah

[ˌhælɪˈluːjə] N & EXCLaleluya f

hallelujah

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

hallelujah

interjhalleluja
nHalleluja nt

hallelujah

[ˌhælɪˈluːjə] n & exclalleluia m inv
References in classic literature ?
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.
In his latest collection Broken Hallelujahs Dougherty demonstrates that he is a master of momentum.
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A CHORUS of Hallelujahs is creating discord in the Top 40, after a rush to download two rival versions of Alexandra Burke's Christmas single.