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[Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Late Greek allelouia, from Hebrew halləlû-yāh, praise Yahweh; see hallelujah.]
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) praise the Lord! Used more commonly in liturgical contexts in place of hallelujah
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a song of praise to God
[C14: via Medieval Latin from Hebrew hallelūyāh]
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(ˌæl əˈlu yə)

interj., n., pl. -ias. interj. n.
2. a song of praise to God.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Late Latin < Greek allēlouíā < Hebrew halălūyāh praise ye Yahweh]
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[ˌælɪˈluːjə] Naleluya f
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[ˌæləˈluːjə] exclalléluia mall-embracing [ˌɔːlɪmˈbreɪsɪŋ] adj (= all-encompassing) → universel(le)
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n(H)alleluja nt
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References in classic literature ?
engraved, 'Regina Coeli laetare Alleluia." In the sixth century
resurrexit sicut dixit; alleluia!" The Pontiff, carrying in his
astonished people, 'Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia!' At the same time
Amazingly, Prescott also has the favourite for the second leg of the Autumn Double - the Cesarewitch - in improving filly Alleluia, who last time out sprung a surprise when winning the Group Three Doncaster Cup.
Star apprentice Jamie Mackay won the Doncaster Cup on Alleluia and then got a rap on the knuckles from officials who gave him a three-day ban for careless riding after he allowed Alleluia to drift towards the rails, hampering runner-up Rainbow High.
So look out for Alleluia, the mount of Jamie Mackay, being the main threat to Cover Up.
They performed pieces including Mozart's Alleluia, Ralph Vaughan Williams' English Folk Song Suite and Vilia by Franz Lehar.
Since the time of the Apostles they have always sung Alleluia, always proclaimed the Death and Rising of Jesus with song, always repented of sin with the aid of solemn melody, always pleaded for heaven's help in every need with moving music, always cried out their hope for the future in exultant rhythms."
In 2001 Prescott saddled another Cesarewitch favourite in 7-2 chance Alleluia, who had won the Doncaster Cup last time out and was the small matter of 19lb well in.
Such applause is a form of acclamation, and the liturgy often calls for acclamation* At a parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago, where the scriptures are deeply revered and the Easter Vigil is celebrated with great care, spontaneous applause broke out one year at the end of the gospel procession, after the Book of the Gospels was carried around the room to the joyous singing of the Alleluia. It has since become an annual custom.
I also know, however, that the Easter Alleluia did not remain a personal moment for long.
But Canadian singer Alanis Morisette appears nude on the cover of her latest CD; she once penned lyrics about performing oral sex; she has mocked her Catholic upbringing in Ottawa in lyrics such as "I sang Alleluia in the choir/I confessed my darkest deeds to envious men"; and she has said that when she lost her virginity at the age of 19 she discovered "how beautiful and freeing and godlike it was." Nothing resembling humility, modesty, or reverence here.