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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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Neo-Gregorian items for the Sanctorale appear to be a combination of single item insertions and whole formularies; Alleluias often combine an international text with a neo-Gregorian melody.
The Alleluia was not sung or said, which made the triple Alleluias of Easter something to look forward to.
The three small boys entering with their Alleluias never fail to moisten the eyes and gutsy string playing throughout from the Britten Sinfonia was admirable, adding to the enthusiastic performance with many instrumental solo spots adding to the brilliance of the overall effect.
singing about death as they are pulled from the rubble alive, singing alleluias in their ruined churches.
Amid claps and alleluias which could be heard during an interview with officials, General Dau while addressing his supporters and citizens of the state, reportedly said has no bad intention against incumbent governor Malong and that was why it took him long to declare his intention.
And here he was - and here I was - half a globe away from the village church he once served, with voices singing a cappella (from Italian for "in the chapel") alleluias (from the mixed Greek and Hebrew roots declaring, "Praise God").
May the light which thou dost send Fill our songs with alleluias, alleluias without end
Palestrina's extraordinarily inventive mind moves from the Apostle's joyously overflowing Alleluias greeting the Holy Spirit to the humble pleas of the Kyrie with irresistible freshness and clarity.
Many compositions come to mind with his description of rising and falling with music's wings, especially the whole history of alleluias.
For Palm Sunday in Year C Wenk suggests the choir sing the Alleluia from Jean Berger's jubilant "Brazilian Psalm," but the mood is wrong for this service, and, besides, most churches using the Revised Common Lectionary discourage the singing of alleluias during Lent or Holy Week.
The essay on Roethke describes his "sacramental vision" of things: "Indeed, there is rarely to be found in the literature of our period a body of poetry so predominantly psalmic and doxological as Roethke's: almost everywhere, it seems, the poet's voice is lifted up in jubilant alleluias .