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Date: 800-900
Language: Latin
Origin: hymnus 'song of praise', from Greek hymnos

hymn

noun
     
Related topics: Music, Religion and Thought
hymn [countable]
1APMR a song of praise to God:
He liked to sing hymns as he worked.
2

a hymn to something

a book, film, song etc that strongly praises a person or idea:
Their first single was a hymn to selfishness called 'Looking After Number One'.
3

be singing from the same hymn book/sheet

British English used to say that two or more people understand each other and are thinking about something in the same way

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