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n. pl. hym·no·dies
1. The singing of hymns.
2. The composing or writing of hymns.
3. The hymns of a particular period or church.

[Medieval Latin hymnōdia, from Greek humnōidiā : humnos, hymn + ōidē, song; see wed- in Indo-European roots.]

hym′no·dist (-dĭst) n.


1. (Music, other) the composition or singing of hymns
2. (Music, other) hymns collectively
Also called: hymnology
[C18: from Medieval Latin hymnōdia, from Greek humnōidia, from humnōidein to chant a hymn, from hymn + aeidein to sing]
hymnodical adj


(ˈhɪm nə di)

1. hymn singing or composition.
2. hymns collectively.
[1705–15; < Medieval Latin hymnōdia < Greek hymnōidía chanting of a hymn =hýmn(os) hymn + ōidía singing (aoid- sing (see ode) + -ia -ia)]


1. the singing of hymns; hymnology.
2. the composition of hymns.
3. a study of hymns and their composers.
4. the preparation of expository material and bibliographies concerning hymns; hymnography. — hymnodist, n.
See also: Music
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hymnody - the act of singing psalms or hymns
singing, vocalizing - the act of singing vocal music
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