Definitions

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

  • n. A book or collection of church hymns. Also called hymnary, hymnbook.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collection of hymns; a hymn book.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to hymns

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of hymns; a hymn book.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a songbook containing a collection of hymns

Etymologies

Middle English himnale, from Medieval Latin hymnāle, from Latin hymnus, hymn; see hymn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • 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

  • 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").

    mrissa: PSA: my mom and scheduling

  • 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

  • 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'

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

    Go to Jesus

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

    Deliberations on O Holy Night « Unknowing

  • 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

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