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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
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. For a moment I was petrified with astonishment.
"Will Satan mich verschlingen, So lass die Engel singen Hallelujah!"
They ran towards each other, and stood together hand in hand in the vast church of nature and of poetry, while over them sounded the invisible holy bell: blessed spirits floated around them, and lifted up their voices in a rejoicing hallelujah!
Glory Hallelujah!' And there was poor, frightened Ikey, only half awake and yawning, never thinking about his soul at all.
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"Hallelujah is not a gospel song but a love song, and as an artiste my work is to sing," he said.
The Geordie faithful have been asked to serve up a rendition of the 1970s terrace chant "Hallelujah, John Tudor!" in the 10th minute of the game at Anfield.
Although his last album, 2016s 'James Grant and The Hallelujah Strings' involved a full band and string section, Saturday's show was paired down to just Grant on acoustic guitar and Maya Burnam-Roy (from The Hallelujah Strings) on cello.
Back in July he was captured singing Hallelujah at the bottom of Northumberland Street by Chelle Burrows, who was visiting the city for the first time.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!" Under the artificial light, the faithful pray Surrounded by bars and trollies laden with gold.