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EtymologyEdit

From Latin osanna, hosanna, from Ancient Greek ὡσαννά (hōsanná), from Aramaic אושענא ('ōsha‘nā), from Biblical Hebrew הוֹשַׁענָא (hōsha‘nā, please save).

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hosanna

  1. A cry of praise or adoration to God in liturgical use among the Jews, and said to have been shouted in recognition of the Messiahship of Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem; hence since used in the Christian Church.

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hosanna (plural hosannas)

  1. A cry of ‘hosanna’.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 23:
      The hall rang with the hosannas of the faithful, while the women knelt at his feet to ask for salvation.
    • 2018 January 5, Rick Wilson, “Bannon Banished for Telling Truths About Trump as MAGA Monsters Turn on Each Other”, in The Daily Beast[1]:
      I’ve written before about the inevitable, tragic dynamic of this brokeback bromance; Trump needs a mindless cheering section screaming hosannas no matter how often he stumbles toward the nuclear and political precipice.

VerbEdit

hosanna (third-person singular simple present hosannas, present participle hosannaing, simple past and past participle hosannaed)

  1. (intransitive) To give a cry of ‘hosanna’.