From Middle English ymne, from Old English ymen (reinforced by Old French ymne), from Latin hymnus, borrowed from Ancient Greek ὕμνος (húmnos).
hymn (plural hymns)
- A song of praise or worship, especially a religious one.
- 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, →OCLC:
- But when the moon rose and the breeze awakened, and the sedges stirred, and the cat’s-paws raced across the moonlit ponds, and the far surf off Wonder Head intoned the hymn of the four winds, the trinity, earth and sky and water, became one thunderous symphony—a harmony of sound and colour silvered to a monochrome by the moon.
a song of praise or worship
hymn (third-person singular simple present hymns, present participle hymning, simple past and past participle hymned)
- (transitive, intransitive) To sing a hymn.
- 2009 January 21, Michael Coveney, “Tom O'Horgan”, in The Guardian:
- An unknown cast, including Diane Keaton, hymned the Age of Aquarius, stripped off at the end of the first act and let the sunshine in at the end of the second.
- (transitive) To praise or extol in hymns.
- 1827, [John Keble], The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse for the Sundays and Holydays throughout the Year, volume (please specify |volume=I or II), Oxford, Oxfordshire: […] [B]y W. Baxter, for J. Parker; and C[harles] and J[ohn] Rivington, […], →OCLC:
- To hymn the birth-night of the Lord.
- 1816, Lord Byron, “Canto III”, in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Canto the Third, London: Printed for John Murray, […], →OCLC, stanza XXIX:
- Their praise is hymned by loftier harps than mine.
Borrowed from Latin hymnus, from Ancient Greek ὕμνος (húmnos).
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Declension of hymn
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