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 (sä′mə-dē, săl′mə-)
n. pl. psalm·o·dies
1. The act or practice of singing psalms in divine worship.
2. The composition or arranging of psalms for singing.
3. A collection of psalms.

[Middle English psalmodie, from Late Latin psalmōdia, from Greek psalmōidiā, singing to the harp : psalmos, psalm; see psalm + ōidē, aoidē, song; see ode.]

psalm′o·dist n.


(ˈsɑːmədɪ; ˈsæl-)
n, pl -dies
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the act of singing psalms or hymns
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) the art or practice of the setting to music or singing of psalms
3. (Music, other) the art or practice of the setting to music or singing of psalms
[C14: via Late Latin from Greek psalmōdia singing accompanied by a harp, from psalmos (see psalm) + ōidē ode]
ˈpsalmodist n
psalmodic, psalmodical adj


(ˈsɑ mə di, ˈsæl mə-)

n., pl. -dies.
1. psalms or hymns collectively.
2. the act, practice, or art of singing psalms.
[1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin psalmōdia < Greek psalmōidía singing to the harp. See psalm, ode, -y3]
psal•mod′ic (-ˈmɒd ɪk) adj.
psal′mo•dist, n.


1. the art, practice, or act of singing psalms in worship services.
2. a collection of psalms. — psalmodist, n. — psalmodial, psalmodie, psalmodical, adj.
See also: Music
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.psalmody - the act of singing psalms or hymns
singing, vocalizing - the act of singing vocal music


[ˈsælmədɪ] Nsalmodia f


nPsalmodie f
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