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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism A chant of praise consisting of Psalms 113 through 118, used during Passover and on certain other holidays.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Jewish ritual, the hymn of praise, beginning in the original with the word halleluiah, ‘Praise ye the Lord,’ and consisting of Psalms cxiii. to cxviii. inclusive, chanted in the temple while the Passover lambs were being slain, and also at the Passover supper.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Judaism) a chant of praise (Psalms 113 through 118) used at Passover and Shabuoth and Sukkoth and Hanukkah and Rosh Hodesh

Etymologies

Hebrew hallēl, song of praise, from hillēl, to praise; see hll in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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