from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A book or collection of church hymns.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to hymns; of the nature of or suitable for a hymn.
  • noun A hymn-book.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A collection of hymns; a hymn book.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A collection of hymns; a hymn book.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to hymns

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

  • noun a songbook containing a collection of hymns


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

[Middle English himnale, from Medieval Latin hymnāle, from Latin hymnus, hymn; see hymn.]


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  • In preparation, Higgins chants the words to ` ` Parce Domine '' from a thin hymnal titled ` ` Kyrie, '' and six choral chanters answer him with words from the chorus of the song.

    Chant News, Keep It Coming

  • Especially during the Antebellum period, a hymnal was a words-only volume, often published in miniature editions that could be carried to church in one's pocket.

    The Southern Harmony

  • Worn copies of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer rest in the pew backs, and the worshippers keep up with the flow of the Mass by juggling a hymnal, the printed order of service, and its one-page liturgical insert, which contains the canonical readings of the day.

    American Grace

  • We have a lot of different music in the present hymnal we use.

    Deliberations on O Holy Night « Unknowing

  • Bobby grabbed it and Granpa Jack tilted his own hymnal down towards Bobby so that he could find the page.

    Go to Jesus

  • Trespasses by default, but debts are allowed (as are other translations, even outright paraphrases - there's an official one in our no-longer-newest "new hymnal").

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  • Sometime in the '80's, they put out a new hymnal - and stripped the "amen" off of practically every hymn.

    mrissa: PSA: my mom and scheduling

  • He also received a Bible both testaments and Episcopal hymnal.

    Susan Katz Miller: 18 Questions You Might Want To Ask About Our Interfaith Son's Bar Mitzvah And Coming-Of-Age

  • A mother, whispering in her kitchen; his wife, his oldest friend, mentally leafing through a vespertime hymnal of the Motor City 5 while Ross talked about war.

    So Much Pretty

  • One of Hollywood's most prolific composers, he is responsible for creating the hymnal chorus from "The Thin Red Line," the hip-hop funk "I like to move it, move it" of "Madagascar" and, most recently, the eerie melancholic notes of "Inception," for which he is an Academy Award nominee.

    The Maestro in the 'Batcave'


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