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 (hä-lāl′, hä′lāl)
n. Judaism
A chant of praise consisting of Psalms 113 through 118, used during Passover and on certain other holidays.

[Hebrew hallēl, song of praise, from hillēl, to praise; see hll in Semitic roots.]
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(Hebrew hɑˈlel; Yiddish hɑːˈleɪl)
(Judaism) Judaism a section of the liturgy consisting of Psalms 113–18, read during the morning service on festivals, Chanukah, and Rosh Chodesh
[C18: from Hebrew hallēl, from hellēl to praise]
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(ˈhɑ leɪl, hɑˈleɪl)

a Hebrew liturgical prayer consisting of all or part of Psalms 113–118, recited at the beginning of each new month of the Jewish calendar and on various festivals, as Passover and Hanukkah.
[1695–1705; < Hebrew hallēl praise]
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Noun1.Hallel - (Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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